stony

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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).

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stony (comparative stonier, superlative stoniest)

  1. As hard as stone.
  2. Containing or made up of stones.
    a stony path
  3. (figuratively) Of a person, lacking warmth and emotion.
  4. (figuratively) Of an action such as a look, showing no warmth of emotion.
    She gave him a stony reception.

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