Someone who's stony shows little emotion or sympathy for other people. As your math teacher hands back last week's geometry quiz, her stony face won't seem like a very good sign.

A face with a stony expression is so lacking in feeling that it is "like stone." The other way to use the adjective stony is to mean "with lots of stones," like when you talk about a stony blueberry field in Maine or a stony path leading up to a lush garden. Stony comes from the Old English stanig, with its root of stan, "rock or gem."

Definitions of stony
  1. adjective
    abounding in rocks or stones
    stony ground”
    synonyms: bouldered, bouldery, rocky
    rough, unsmooth
    having or caused by an irregular surface
  2. adjective
    hard as granite
    synonyms: granitelike, granitic, rocklike
    resisting weight or pressure
  3. adjective
    showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
    synonyms: flint, flinty, granitic, obdurate
    hardhearted, heartless
    lacking in feeling or pity or warmth
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