stonily, adv.stoniness, n.
/stoh"nee/, adj., stonier, stoniest.
1. full of or abounding in stones or rock: a stony beach.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of stone.
3. resembling or suggesting stone, esp. in its hardness.
4. unfeeling; merciless; obdurate: a stony heart.
5. motionless or rigid; without expression, as the eyes or a look: a hard, stony stare.
6. petrifying; stupefying: stony fear.
7. having a stone or stones, as fruit.
8. Slang. stone-broke.
Also, stoney.
[bef. 1000; ME; OE stanig. See STONE, -Y1]
Syn. 1. rocky, pebbly. 4. adamant, hard, flinty, pitiless, inflexible, unbending.

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