- stoney (obsolete)
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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈstəʊni/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstoʊni/
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- 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.
- (Britain and Australia, slang) Short for stony broke: without any money.
- (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
- (without money): See Thesaurus:impoverished
- Comprised or composed of stone or rock
- Made or built of stone or rock
- Covered in stones or pebbles
- Inhabiting a stony environment
- (figuratively) emotionless; stolid
- (medicine) hard, solid