stony

or ston·ey

[ stoh-nee ]
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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.

  1. resembling or suggesting stone, especially in its hardness.

  2. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.

  3. motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.

  4. petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.

  5. having a stone or stones, as fruit.

  6. Slang. stone-broke.

Origin of stony

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English stānig.See stone, -y1

Other words for stony

Other words from stony

  • ston·i·ly, adverb
  • ston·i·ness, noun
  • un·ston·i·ly, adverb
  • un·ston·i·ness, noun
  • un·ston·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for stony

stony

stoney

/ (ˈstəʊnɪ) /


adjectivestonier or stoniest
  1. of or resembling stone

  2. abounding in stone or stones

  1. unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate

  2. short for stony-broke

Derived forms of stony

  • stonily, adverb
  • stoniness, noun

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