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

Examples of flinty in a Sentence

a flinty and determined hero a flinty warrior hardened by years of battle

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Accepting her prize as best actress, the ever-flinty 82-year-old Glenda Jackson referred to her director Joe Mantello as John. New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2018," 11 June 2018 What’s left doesn’t give Chastain a whole lot to play aside from good manners, sharp comebacks and the kind of flinty resilience that has become the actress’ stock-in-trade. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'," 28 June 2018 Standing atop it is the flinty personage of John Dutton (Kevin Costner, in ornery-cuss mode), the owner of Yellowstone Ranch, an expanse of grass, hills and testosterone the size of Rhode Island. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Yellowstone’ Wrangles Daddy Issues on the Range," 19 June 2018 Granik's sophomore effort, Winter's Bone (2010), brought critical acclaim to TV actress Jennifer Lawrence for her flinty performance as an impoverished 17-year-old girl fending for herself and her younger siblings in the Ozarks. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018 In Ojibwa, the river is called biwanag sibi or flinty river. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Poisoned City' tells the horrific story of Flint's contaminated water," 10 July 2018 Vikander, who can balance flinty charm with sympathetic humanism, helped keep me invested, but Tomb Raider could best be described as a solid step forward, away from past wrongs. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Tomb Raider Is a Gritty Reboot of a Video-Game Classic," 15 Mar. 2018 Her flinty American prickliness finds both a loving embrace and a gentle foil in Claflin’s soft eyes and mellow, British-accented charm. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Shailene Woodley's performance powers the evasive shipwreck-survival drama 'Adrift'," 31 May 2018 By turns flinty and tender, devotional and irreverent, haunted and enraptured, Cash’s poems — which date back to the 1940s — proved as multifaceted and emotionally far-reaching as the man himself. Bill Friskics-warren, New York Times, "Johnny Cash’s Poems Get a Second Life as Songs," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flinty

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flinty was in 1536

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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