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or ston·ey

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adjective, ston·i·er, ston·i·est.
  1. full of or abounding in stones or rock: a stony beach.
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
  3. resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.
  4. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.
  5. motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.
  6. petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
  7. having a stone or stones, as fruit.
  8. Slang. stone-broke.
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Origin of stony

before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig. See stone, -y1
Related formsston·i·ly, adverbston·i·ness, nounun·ston·i·ly, adverbun·ston·i·ness, nounun·ston·y, adjective


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  • The ground is stony, and scarce any thing but gravel, mixt with a little earth.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • But it was Stony Mountain that was of most importance to the British.

  • At this time, young Dunlap was introduced to the stony paths of playwriting.


    William Dunlap

  • His horrible pleading fell on stony ears, and he changed his tune.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • To his further remonstrances she interposed a stony silence.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

British Dictionary definitions for stony



adjective stonier or stoniest
  1. of or resembling stone
  2. abounding in stone or stones
  3. unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
  4. short for stony-broke
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Derived Formsstonily, adverbstoniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stony


Old English stanig; see stone (n.) + -y (2).

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