AskDefine | Define stony

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stony adj
1 abounding in rocks or stones; "rocky fields"; "stony ground"; "bouldery beaches" [syn: rocky, bouldery, bouldered]
2 showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart" [syn: flinty, obdurate]
3 hard as granite; "a granitic fist" [syn: granitic, granitelike, rocklike] [also: stoniest, stonier]

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stone + -y



  1. As hard as stone.
  2. Containing or made up of stones.
    a stony path
  3. Of a person, lacking warmth and emotion.
  4. Of an action such as a look, showing no warmth of emotion.
    She gave him a stony reception.




hard as stone
containing stones
Old Norse: grjót
of a person
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