stony

adjective
\ ˈstō-nē How to pronounce stony (audio) \
variants: or less commonly stoney
stonier; stoniest

Definition of stony

1 : abounding in or having the nature of stone : rocky
2a : insensitive to pity or human feeling : obdurate
b : manifesting no movement or reaction : dumb, expressionless
c : fearfully gripping : petrifying
3 archaic : consisting of or made of stones
4 British : stone broke

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Other Words from stony

stonily \ ˈstō-​nə-​lē How to pronounce stonily (audio) \ adverb
stoniness \ ˈstō-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce stoniness (audio) \ noun

Examples of stony in a Sentence

She gave him a stony stare. the judge's stony demeanor didn't raise the defendant's hopes for a more lenient sentence

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Rounding out the top echelon was the 2015 Ribbon Ridge Cascadia from Brick House, lively and stony, with flavors of herbs and lemon. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Chardonnay, the Oregon Way," 14 June 2018 Right behind it was the Blauschiefer trocken from Stein in the Mosel, likewise lively, juicy and stony and just $19, albeit for a 750-milliliter bottle. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious," 3 May 2018 Their beehive tents were scattered across a stony valley. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Clarke did her thing and the HBO exec stayed stony-faced. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Did the Robot During One of Her 'Game of Thrones' Auditions," 27 Oct. 2018 From Princess Beatrice helping her younger sister with her wedding dress, to Princess Eugenie's mother and father watching the couple depart, these shots are sure to melt even the stoniest of hearts. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Family Waving Her Off Before Her Second Reception Is Too Cute," 12 Oct. 2018 Juicy and fresh, with unusual aromas and flavors of watermelon and potpourri. Austere and reticent, with stony aromas and flavors of citrus and flowers. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 His players were at his back, at the other end of the field, applauding their fans, commiserating with them, the mood proud but somber, stony faces and distant eyes. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 This one from Stein is gently dry, with just the barest bit of fruity roundness to give the wine depth and dimension, along with plenty of stony minerality. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Plenty of Variety and Not One Chardonnay," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of stony

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stony was before the 12th century

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stony

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stony

: full of stones
: made of stone or hard like stone
: showing no emotion or friendliness

stony

adjective
\ ˈstō-nē How to pronounce stony (audio) \
stonier; stoniest

Kids Definition of stony

1 : full of stones stony soil
2 : hard as or like stone stony meteorites
3 : insensitive sense 1, unfeeling a stony stare

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