variants or less commonly stoney
stonier; stoniest
: abounding in or having the nature of stone : rocky
: insensitive to pity or human feeling : obdurate
: manifesting no movement or reaction : dumb, expressionless
: fearfully gripping : petrifying
archaic : consisting of or made of stones
British : stone broke
stonily adverb
stoniness 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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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variants also stoney
stonier; stoniest
: full of stones
stony soil
: hard as stone
a stony seed
: pitiless, unfeeling
a stony stare
stonily adverb

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