Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

stonewall

play
verb stone·wall \ˈstōn-ˌwȯl\

Simple Definition of stonewall

  • : to refuse or fail to answer questions, to do what has been requested, etc., especially in order to delay or prevent something ( chiefly US )

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stonewall

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 chiefly British :  to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics

    2. 2 :  to be uncooperative, obstructive, or evasive

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to refuse to comply or cooperate with

    stonewaller

    noun

    Examples of stonewall in a sentence

    1. They stonewalled until they could come up with a response.

    2. They were just stonewalling for time.

    3. They're trying to stonewall the media.

    4. We're trying to get the information, but we're being stonewalled.



    Did You Know?

    The earliest English stonewalls were literal; they were walls made from stone. Because a stone wall can be difficult to surmount, English speakers began using stonewall figuratively for things or people who either were persistent and enduring or who presented an obstacle as formidable as a stone wall. (Those figurative senses earned American Confederate Civil War General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson his nickname.) Then, in the late 1800s, cricket players began using stonewall as a verb in reference to a batter's defensive blocking of balls. Around the same time, stonewall found its way into political slang as a synonym of filibuster. There is also a chiefly British sense of "to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics."

    1880

    First Known Use of stonewall

    1880

    Rhymes with stonewall

    ALGOL, and all, Antall, appall, Argall, argol, air ball, ashfall, at all, atoll, AWOL, baseball, beach ball, beanball, befall, Bengal, best-ball, birdcall, blackball, Bokmål, bookstall, box stall, bradawl, brick wall, broomball, catcall, catchall, cell wall, COBOL, cold call, cornball, Cornwall, crown gall, cue ball, cure-all, curveball, deadfall, de Gaulle, dodgeball, downfall, downhaul, drywall, duck call, eight ball, enthrall, eyeball, fair ball, fastball, fireball, fire wall, foosball, football, footfall, footwall, forestall, forkball, foul ball, four-ball, fourth wall, free-fall, gadwall, game ball, glycol, golf ball, Goodall, goofball, googol, guildhall, hair ball, handball, hardball, headstall, heelball, highball, holdall, house call, icefall, infall, install, John Paul, jump ball, keelhaul, know-all, landfall, Landsmål, line-haul, line squall, lowball, Maillol, meatball, menthol, mess hall, miscall, mothball, Naipaul, naphthol, Nepal, nightfall, nutgall, oddball, outfall, outhaul, paintball, pinball, pitfall, plimsoll, pratfall, prayer shawl, pub crawl, puffball, punchball, pushball, rainfall, rainsquall, recall, rial, Riksmål, rockfall, roll call, rorqual, Saint Paul, save-all, screwball, seawall, short-haul, shortfall, sick call, sidewall, sleazeball, slimeball, snowball, snowfall, softball, sour ball, speedball, spitball, stickball, stone wall, stoopball, strip mall, T-ball, tea ball, tell-all, three-ball, toll call, town hall, trackball, Tyrol, Udall, Walsall, what all, whip stall, Whitehall, whitewall, windfall, windgall, withal, you-all


    Learn More about stonewall


    Seen and Heard

    What made you want to look up stonewall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

    WORD OF THE DAY

    to destroy or remove completely

    Get Word of the Day daily email!

    WORD GAMES

    Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

    two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

    Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

    brumal hiemal estival vernal
    Name That Thing

    Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    SCRABBLE® Sprint

    Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

    TAKE THE QUIZ