- 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 stÄniÄ¡, stÇ£niÄ¡ (â€œstony, rockyâ€), from Proto-Germanic *stainagaz (â€œstonyâ€), equivalent to stone +â€Ž -y. Cognate with Scots stany (â€œstonyâ€), West Frisian stienich (â€œstonyâ€), Dutch stenig (â€œstony, metalledâ€), German steinig (â€œstony, rocky, gravellyâ€), Swedish stenig (â€œstony, rocky, pebblyâ€).