See also: Stony

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English stony, 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).

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AdjectiveEdit

stony (comparative stonier, superlative stoniest)

  1. As hard as stone.
    Synonym: rock-hard
    Antonym: soft
  2. Containing or made up of stones.
    Synonyms: pebbly, rocky, shingly
    a stony path
  3. (figuratively) Of a person, lacking warmth and emotion.
    Synonyms: cold, cool, hard-hearted, heartless, impassive, unemotional, unfeeling
    Antonyms: passionate, warm
  4. (figuratively) Of an action such as a look, showing no warmth of emotion.
    Synonyms: cold, cool, frosty, unwelcoming
    Antonyms: welcoming, warm
    She gave him a stony reception.
  5. (Britain and Australia, slang) Short for stony broke: without any money.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:impoverished

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English stāniġ, from Proto-Germanic *stainagaz.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

stony

  1. Comprised or composed of stone or rock
  2. Made or built of stone or rock
  3. Covered in stones or pebbles
  4. Inhabiting a stony environment
  5. (figuratively) emotionless; stolid
  6. (medicine) hard, solid

DescendantsEdit

  • English: stony
  • Scots: stany

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