Definition of stony adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstəʊni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstoʊni//
    (stonier, stoniest)
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  1. 1having a lot of stones on it or in it stony soil a stony beach
  2. 2showing a lack of feeling or sympathy synonym cold They listened to him in stony silence. She met Luke’s hard, stony eyes.
  3. Word OriginOld English stānig (see stone, -y).Idioms to fail to produce the result or the effect that you hope for; to have little success His charming smile fell on stony ground with her. The peace initiatives have already fallen on stony ground. = flat broke
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