\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 But Cordae is also flinty about being pegged as the new embodiment of Woke Rap. August Brown, latimes.com, "Meet YBN Cordae, hip-hop’s next great MC," 10 July 2019 Image Sentiment, though, is scarce, befitting the flinty style of Mr. Hersh, who has a knack for cycling through employers and exhausting his editors. New York Times, "I, Sy: Seymour Hersh’s Memoir of a Life Making the Mighty Sweat," 3 June 2018 The result is an energizing conceit: Darbyshire, who acknowledges responsibility for running the coup—and who calmly admits to having had Mossadegh’s chief of police killed—is animated by Fiennes’s flinty glamour and peerless dramatic chops. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Ralph Fiennes Channels a Real Spook," 14 Oct. 2019 Ayelet Firstenberg energizes the stage playing a collection of characters, most notably a flinty yoga instructor with an elusive first name. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: Postures and comedy collide in ‘Yoga Play’," 7 Oct. 2019 The death of Andy Warhol prompted these flinty mavericks to create a series of songs about their early champion. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Lou Reed reconsidered: Did self-sabotage obscure some of his best music?," 1 Oct. 2019 Grayson DeJesus’ Jim is thimble deep, but his easy, earnest trying-too-hard charm plays well against Cox’s flinty Laura, creating the sparks of a promising future that Williams’ script will inevitably douse. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: Guthrie’s ‘Glass Menagerie’ is clean and clear, but slow to warm," 24 Sep. 2019 Musically, Prince’s demo of that 1984 single isn’t too different, with flinty guitar licks and double-time grooves leading the way. Maura Johnston, Time, "Prince Wrote These Songs for Other Stars. Now Listen to Him Sing Them," 20 June 2019

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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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30 Dec 2019

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“Flinty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flinty. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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