- covered with or having many stones
- of or like stone; specif.,
- unfeeling; pitiless
- cold; fixed; rigid
Origin of stonyMiddle English ; from Old English stanig
- a. Covered with or full of stones: a stony shore.b. Made of or resembling stone: stony detritus; stony concrete.
- a. Unfeeling or hardhearted; unemotional or unsympathetic: “Her tears had dried and she felt a stony kind of calm” (Adam Haslett).b. Exhibiting no feeling or warmth; impassive: a stony expression.c. Emotionally numbing or paralyzing: a stony feeling of fear.
- Slang Relating to or indulging in the use of marijuana.
(comparative stonier, superlative stoniest)
- 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.
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”).