stony

adjective \ ˈstō-nē \
variants: or less commonly stoney
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of stony

stonier; stoniest
1 :abounding in or having the nature of stone :rocky
2 a :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

stonily

play \ˈstō-nə-lē\ adverb

stoniness

play \ˈstō-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of stony in a Sentence

  1. She gave him a stony stare.

  2. the judge's stony demeanor didn't raise the defendant's hopes for a more lenient sentence

Recent Examples of stony from the Web

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First Known Use of stony

before 12th century



STONY Defined for English Language Learners

stony

adjective

Definition of stony for English Language Learners

  • : full of stones

  • : made of stone or hard like stone

  • : showing no emotion or friendliness


STONY Defined for Kids

stony

adjective \ ˈstō-nē \

Definition of stony for Students

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


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