/ˈstoʊni / (say 'stohnee)

adjective (stonier, stoniest)
1. full of or covered with stones or rock.
2. relating to or characteristic of stone.
3. resembling or suggesting stone, especially hard like stone.
4. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate.
5. motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or look.
6. petrifying: stony fear.
7. having a stone or stones, as a fruit.
8. Colloquialstony-broke.
{ston(e) + -y1}
stonily, adverb
stoniness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • stony — ► ADJECTIVE (stonier, stoniest) 1) full of stones. 2) of or resembling stone. 3) cold and unfeeling. ● fall on stony ground Cf. ↑fall on stony ground …   English terms dictionary

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  • stony — O.E. stanig; see STONE (Cf. stone) (n.) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stony — [adj] hard, icy in appearance, response adamant, blank, callous, chilly, cold, coldblooded, coldhearted, cruel, expressionless, firm, frigid, hard boiled*, hardened, heartless, hostile, indifferent, inexorable, inflexible, merciless, obdurate,… …   New thesaurus

  • stony — or stoney [stōn′ē] adj. stonier, stoniest [ME < OE stanig] 1. covered with or having many stones 2. of or like stone; specif., a) hard b) unfeeling; pitiless c) cold; fixed; rigid …   English World dictionary

  • stony — adj. (stonier, stoniest) 1 full of or covered with stones (stony soil; a stony road). 2 a hard, rigid. b cold, unfeeling, uncompromising (a stony stare; a stony silence). Phrases and idioms: stony broke Brit. sl. entirely without money. stony… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stony — ston|y [ˈstəuni US ˈstou ] adj 1.) covered by stones or containing stones ▪ stony soil 2.) not showing any friendliness or pity ▪ stony faces ▪ a stony silence 3.) fall on stony ground if a request, suggestion, joke etc falls on stony ground, it… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stony — [[t]sto͟ʊni[/t]] stonier, stoniest 1) ADJ GRADED Stony ground is rough and contains a lot of stones. The steep, stony ground is well drained. ...a stony track. Syn: pebbly 2) ADJ GRADED A stony expression or attitude does not show any sympathy or …   English dictionary

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  • stony — UK [ˈstəʊnɪ] / US [ˈstoʊnɪ] adjective Word forms stony : adjective stony comparative stonier superlative stoniest 1) covered with stones, or containing stones a stony beach 2) not friendly and not showing any emotion They listened to him in stony …   English dictionary

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