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 stony (audio) \ adverb
stoniness \ ˈstō-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce stony (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
Recent Examples on the Web Martha returns to work just three weeks later with no explanation, just cool, stony defiance. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 Additionally, Itokawa was a bright, stony object, with a very different history and scientific potential from dark, carbonaceous asteroids such as Bennu. Dante S. Lauretta, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2016 Located roughly 10 miles north of the town of Strawberry in Coconino National Forest, the stony peninsula juts out over the eastern edge of Fossil Springs Wilderness. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 29 May 2020 The senators watched, with stony faces, as Mr. Schiff spoke. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2020 Outbreaks of stony coral tissue loss disease, first noticed off Miami in 2014, have spread as far as Cozumel, the Caribbean region, and have baffled marine biologists. sun-sentinel.com, 11 Dec. 2019 Outbreaks of stony coral tissue loss disease, first noticed off Miami in 2014, have spread as far as Cozumel, the Caribbean region, and have baffled marine biologists. USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2019 Now, Force Blue dive teams are working with other ocean conservation groups to stop the spread of an especially severe and deadly outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 8 June 2019 Disgraced San Francisco Public Works director Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis stood stony faced alongside their respective attorneys Thursday during a brief court hearing about the status of their $2 million bonds. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of stony

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

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“Stony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stony. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for stony

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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