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From Middle English stonen, alteration (due to stone) of earlier stenen, from Old English stǣnen (stony; of stone, hard as stone; stone, made of stone, built of stone), from Proto-Germanic *stainīnaz (made of stone), equivalent to stone +‎ -en.


stonen (comparative more stonen, superlative most stonen)

  1. Consisting or made of stone.
    • 1869, William Barnes, Poems of rural life in common English:
      [...] And up these well-worn blocks of stone I came when I first ran alone, The stonen stairs beclimb'd the mound, Ere father put a foot to ground, [...]