\ 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

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 The few words Reid did say were often flinty and fiery. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 12 Jan. 2022 Season 4 began with John Dutton, the flinty patriarch of the Yellowstone ranch played by Kevin Costner, bleeding on a deserted road. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 Their flinty dynamic powers and shapes the ensuing episodes. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 31 Dec. 2021 Governor Chris Sununu has faced bitter opposition to vaccination campaigns and mask mandates in New Hampshire, a state of 1.4 million with a flinty libertarian streak. Emma Court, Fortune, 9 Dec. 2021 Recovering from the loss of her relationship, Julie (played by the fragile but flinty Honor Swinton Byrne) tries to transmute her sorrow into creativity by writing a movie. David Sims, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 Although some Volvos can exhibit a sharp, flinty ride, our test car's air springs helped lend it a comfortable comportment that never felt uncouth. Annie White, Car and Driver, 16 July 2021 He's gone for long stretches, and impoverished Rosie comes to rely on herself and the land, as well as the flinty kindness of her odd neighbor Billy. Marci Schmitt, Star Tribune, 4 July 2021 This trip, however, offered a reminder of what first thrust her into the national consciousness: her willingness to speak in no-nonsense terms, her flinty gaze, the hint of impatience in her tone. Washington Post, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of flinty

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2022

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“Flinty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flinty. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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