From Middle English stoni, stani, from Old English stāniġ, stǣniġ (“stony, rocky”), from Proto-Germanic *stainagaz (“stony”), equivalent to stone + -y. Cognate with Scots stany (“stony”), West Frisian stienich (“stony”), Dutch stenig (“stony, metalled”), German steinig (“stony, rocky, gravelly”), Swedish stenig (“stony, rocky, pebbly”).
- Rhymes: -əʊni
- As hard as stone.
- Containing or made up of stones.
- a stony path
- (figuratively) Of a person, lacking warmth and emotion.
- (figuratively) Of an action such as a look, showing no warmth of emotion.
- She gave him a stony reception.
- (hard as stone): as hard as iron, as hard as a rock, rock-hard
- (containing stones): pebbly, rocky, shingly
- (of a person): cold, cool, hard-hearted, heartless, impassive, unemotional, unfeeling
- (of an action): cold, cool, frosty, unwelcoming