What does stony mean?

Definitions for stony
ˈstoʊ nistony

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stony.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rocky, bouldery, bouldered, stonyadjective

    abounding in rocks or stones

    "rocky fields"; "stony ground"; "bouldery beaches"

  2. flinty, flint, granitic, obdurate, stonyadjective

    showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings

    "his flinty gaze"; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"

  3. granitic, granitelike, rocklike, stonyadjective

    hard as granite

    "a granitic fist"


  1. stonyadjective

    As hard as stone.

  2. stonyadjective

    Containing or made up of stones.

    a stony path

  3. stonyadjective

    Of a person, lacking warmth and emotion.

  4. stonyadjective

    Of an action such as a look, showing no warmth of emotion.

    She gave him a stony reception.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stonyadjective

    Etymology: from stone.

    Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
    Can be retentive to the strength of spirit. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls;
    For stony limits cannot hold love out. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    Nor slept the winds
    Within their stony caves, but rush’d abroad
    From the four hinges of the world, and fell
    On the vext wilderness, whose tallest pines,
    Though rooted deep as high and sturdiest oaks,
    Bow’d their stiff necks, loaden with stormy blasts,
    Or torn up sheer. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d.

    Here the marshy grounds approach your fields,
    And there the soil a stony harvest yields. John Dryden, Virgil.

    As in spires he stood, he turn’d to stone;
    The stony snake retain’d the figure still his own. Dryden.

    They suppose these bodies to be only water petrified, or converted into these sparry or stony icicles. John Woodward.

    From the stony Mænalus
    Bring your flocks, and live with us. John Milton.

    Now let the stony dart of senseless cold
    Pierce to my heart, and pass through every side. F. Queen.

    The stony hardness of too many patrons hearts, not touched with any feeling in this case. Richard Hooker.

    Thou art come to answer
    A stony adversary, an inhuman wretch
    Uncapable of pity. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Eight yards of uneven ground is threescore and ten miles a-foot with me, and the stony hearted villains know it. William Shakespeare.

    At this sight
    My heart is turn’d to stone; and while ’tis mine,
    It shall be stony. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    I will clear their senses dark,
    What may suffice, and soften stony hearts
    To pray, repent, and bring obedience due. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Indiff’rence, clad in wisdom’s guise,
    All fortitude of mind supplies;
    For how can stony bowels melt,
    In those who never pity felt? Jonathan Swift.


  1. stony

    Stony typically refers to something that is hard, solid, and incompressible like a stone or rock, characterized by or abounding with stones or rock particles. It can also describe an emotion or expression that is unyielding, cold, or unfeeling, similar to the perceived nature of stone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stony

    of or pertaining to stone, consisting of, or abounding in, stone or stones; resembling stone; hard; as, a stony tower; a stony cave; stony ground; a stony crust

  2. Stony

    converting into stone; petrifying; petrific

  3. Stony

    inflexible; cruel; unrelenting; pitiless; obdurate; perverse; cold; morally hard; appearing as if petrified; as, a stony heart; a stony gaze

  4. Etymology: [AS. stnig. See Stone.]

Anagrams for stony »

  1. Tonys

  2. Tyson

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stony in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stony in a Sentence

  1. Noel DiGerolamo:

    The swift action of his fellow officers and the excellent medical care provided here at Stony Brook saved his life, our officers put themselves in harm’s way each and every time they report to duty. Officer Racioppo’s injuries are a stark reminder of those dangers.

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