\ ˈflin-tē How to pronounce flinty (audio) \
flintier; flintiest

Definition of flinty

1 : resembling flint especially : stern, unyielding flinty determination
2 : composed of or covered with flint

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Other Words from flinty

flintily \ ˈflin-​tə-​lē How to pronounce flinty (audio) \ adverb
flintiness \ ˈflin-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce flinty (audio) \ noun

Examples of flinty in a Sentence

a flinty and determined hero a flinty warrior hardened by years of battle
Recent Examples on the Web For Lil Baby, big brags about diamond chains and fast cars have always brushed up against flinty denunciations of racist policing and mass incarceration. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Lil Baby’s inside voice is the sound of a restless American summer," 5 Aug. 2020 And when Denise becomes Georges’ eager collaborator and chief financier, Haenel’s flinty-eyed intelligence becomes a vital counterpoint to Dujardin’s dissembling idiocy. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Deerskin’ is an entrancingly warped love story between a man and his jacket," 30 Apr. 2020 Whereas some Infiniti vehicles—including the previous generation of this one—have been overly flinty, the ride quality here is relaxed but not lazy, absorbing road imperfections while maintaining secure and stable body control. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Infiniti QX50 Underwhelms in its Complexity," 10 Mar. 2020 The Portofino’s ride also registers more supple and refined than flinty and hard-edged, relative to other Ferraris. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2020 Ferrari Portofino: An Everyday Supercar for the Very Wealthy," 23 Jan. 2020 Bridgehampton was open fields and flinty farmers, living in wooden homes weathered by the tempestuous sea. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Two sons of New England put Reds in a big hole in 1975 World Series," 30 Mar. 2020 Built around the hard-knock life of Maggie, who runs a threadbare tourist museum and is embodied with impeccably flinty authority by Judith Ivey, the play takes poignant stock of industrial midnight in one of America’s craggier outposts. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year," 10 Dec. 2019 These were more efficient than thin flinty rocks, which can't sustain a sharp edge. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Neanderthals combed beaches and went diving for shells to use as tools, study says," 15 Jan. 2020 The section’s editor, Seymour Peck, a flinty New Yorker, had me write columns on movies, theatre, rock music, and television as well as on art, extending my capacities, while cracking down on my flakiness. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Art of Dying," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of flinty

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flinty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flinty. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flinty

: not soft or gentle in manner or appearance : having a very serious quality or manner

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