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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 ?
In a suit of coarse flannel with horn buttons, a yellow neckerchief with draggled ends, an old hat more russet-coloured than black, and laced boots of the hue of his stony calling, Durdles leads a hazy, gipsy sort of life, carrying his dinner about with him in a small bundle, and sitting on all manner of tombstones to dine.
Suddenly he found himself confronted by a dreadful figure clad in a shroud, whose pallor and stony eyes smote him with a horrible apprehension.
Before this time- indeed, as soon as he began to grow celebrated--his admirers had found out the resemblance between him and the Great Stone Face; and so much were they struck by it, that throughout the country this distinguished gentleman was known by the name of Old Stony Phiz.
In the midst of this stony maze furrowing the bottom of the Atlantic, Captain Nemo advanced without hesitation.
It has the same stony shore, and its waters are of the same hue.
Esther's features had suddenly become stony and expressionless.
Maybe I understood because I saw her in that early hour of the morning when even the stony Memnon sings, in that mystical light of the young day when divine exiled things, condemned to rough bondage through the noon, are for a short magical hour their own celestial selves, their unearthly glory as yet unhidden by any earthly disguise.
The beauty of the island is unveiled as diminishing distance shows you in distincter shape its lovely peaks, but it keeps its secret as you sail by, and, darkly inviolable, seems to fold itself together in a stony, inaccessible grimness.
We could not see the Acropolis now or the high hill, either, and I wanted to follow the road till we were abreast of them, but the others overruled me, and we toiled laboriously up the stony hill immediately in our front--and from its summit saw another--climbed it and saw another
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.
In place of the excitement of her return, and the interest it had inspired, she saw before her a long and stony highway which she had to tread, without aid, and with little sympathy.
Over the stony fields the visible heat danced with a lively tremor incompatible with the gravity which is an attribute of the supernatural.