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also ston·ey  (stō′nē)
adj. ston·i·er, ston·i·est
a. Covered with or full of stones: a stony shore.
b. Made of or resembling stone: stony detritus; stony concrete.
a. Unfeeling or hardhearted; unemotional or unsympathetic: "Her tears had dried and she felt a stony kind of calm" (Adam Haslett).
b. Exhibiting no feeling or warmth; impassive: a stony expression.
c. Emotionally numbing or paralyzing: a stony feeling of fear.
3. Slang Relating to or indulging in the use of marijuana.

ston′i·ly adv.
ston′i·ness n.


(ˈstəʊnɪ) or


adj, stonier or stoniest
1. of or resembling stone
2. abounding in stone or stones
3. unfeeling, heartless, or obdurate
4. short for stony-broke
ˈstonily adv
ˈstoniness n


or ston•ey

(ˈstoʊ ni)

adj. ston•i•er, ston•i•est.
1. full of or abounding in stones or rock.
2. resembling or suggesting stone, esp. in its hardness.
3. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate.
4. coldly inexpressive: a stony stare.
5. petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
6. having stones, as fruit.
[before 1000]
ston′i•ly, adv.
ston′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stony - abounding in rocks or stones; "rocky fields"; "stony ground"; "bouldery beaches"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
2.stony - showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings; "his flinty gaze"; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
hardhearted, heartless - lacking in feeling or pity or warmth
3.stony - hard as granite; "a granitic fist"
hard - resisting weight or pressure


1. rocky, rough, gritty, gravelly, rock-strewn, pebble a stony track
حَجَري، صَخْري، مُغَطّى بالحِجارَهقاسٍ، جاف
buz gibisoğuktaşlı


[ˈstəʊnɪ] ADJ (stonier (compar) (stoniest (superl)))
1. [ground, beach] → pedregoso; [material] → pétreo
2. (fig) [glance, silence] → glacial, frío; [heart] → empedernido; [stare] → duro


[ˈstəʊni] adj
[ground, track] → pierreux/euse, rocailleux/euse
[voice] → blanc(blanche); [silence] → de plomb; [expression, look] → de marbre
Her voice was stony → Elle avait la voix blanche.stony-broke [ˌstəʊniˈbrəʊk] adj (British)fauché comme les blés stony-faced [ˌstəʊniˈfeɪst] adjau visage impassible


adj (+er) ground, beachsteinig; texturesteinartig; (fig) glance, silencesteinern; person, welcomekalt; faceundurchdringlich


adj (Brit inf) → völlig abgebrannt (inf), → total blank or pleite (inf)
adj (= solemn)ernst; (= impassive)mit steinerner Miene


[ˈstəʊnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (ground) → sassoso/a; (beach) → pieno/a di ciottoli (fig) (glance, silence) → freddo/a
a stony heart → un cuore di pietra


(stəun) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) the material of which rocks are composed. limestone; sandstone; a stone house; stone walls; In early times, men made tools out of stone.
2. a piece of this, of any shape or size. He threw a stone at the dog.
3. a piece of this shaped for a special purpose. a tombstone; paving-stones; a grindstone.
4. a gem or jewel. She lost the stone out of her ring; diamonds, rubies and other stones.
5. the hard shell containing the nut or seed in some fruits eg peaches and cherries. a cherry-stone.
6. a measure of weight still used in Britain, equal to 6.35 kilogrammes. She weighs 9.5 stone.
7. a piece of hard material that forms in the kidney, bladder etc and causes pain.
1. to throw stones at, especially as a ritual punishment. Saint Stephen was stoned to death.
2. to remove the stones from (fruit). She washed and stoned the cherries.
ˈstony adjective
1. full of, or covered with, stones. stony soil; a stony path/beach; It's very stony around here.
2. (of a person's expression etc) like stone in coldness, hardness etc. He gave me a stony stare.
ˈstonily adverb
ˈstoniness noun
ˌstone-ˈcold, ˌstone-ˈdead, ˌstone-ˈdeaf adjective
completely cold, dead, or deaf. He's almost stone-deaf; Your soup is stone-cold. He was stone-dead.
ˈstoneware noun, adjective
(of) a hard type of pottery made of clay containing pieces of stone. a stoneware jug.
ˈstonework noun
construction done in stone, especially the stone parts of a building.
leave no stone unturned
to try every possible means. The police left no stone unturned to (try to) find the child.
a stone's throw
a very short distance. They live only a stone's throw away from here.
References in classic literature ?
The effect was as when the light, vapory clouds, with their soft coloring, suddenly vanish from the stony brow of a precipitous mountain, and leave there the frown which you at once feel to be eternal.
She had borne that morning all that nature could endure; and as her temperament was not of the order that escapes from too intense suffering by a swoon, her spirit could only shelter itself beneath a stony crust of insensibility, while the faculties of animal life remained entire.
The roads were stony, having been recently mended; going over them at this pace, my shoe became looser, and as we neared the turnpike gate it came off.
There was the impress of the despised race on her face, yet none could help feeling its mournful and pathetic beauty, while its stony sharpness, its cold, fixed, deathly aspect, struck a solemn chill over him.
This is a good place for it: roots and stony ground to break up your stately gait, a region not liable to interruption, only one field and one hut in sight, and they so far away that nobody could see us from there.
Then he betook him- self to his seat, rested his elbows on his desk and his jaws in his hands, and stared at the wall with the stony stare of suffering that has reached the limit and can no further go.
Reed occupied her usual seat by the fireside; she made a signal to me to approach; I did so, and she introduced me to the stony stranger with the words: "This is the little girl respecting whom I applied to you.
Dean had deserted the Grange, but it was impossible to delay her at such a crisis, so I turned away and made my exit, rambling leisurely along, with the glow of a sinking sun behind, and the mild glory of a rising moon in front - one fading, and the other brightening - as I quitted the park, and climbed the stony by-road branching off to Mr.
Archibald Craven, who lived at Misselthwaite Manor, she looked so stony and stubbornly uninterested that they did not know what to think about her.
A stony business altogether, with heavy stone balustrades, and stone urns, and stone flowers, and stone faces of men, and stone heads of lions, in all directions.
said Scrooge, returning quickly to the charge, for the reason just assigned; and wishing, though it were only for a second, to divert the vision's stony gaze from himself.
Spiker was so interested, that he became quite stony.