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Meaning of “stony” in the English Dictionary

"stony" in British English

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stonyadjective

uk   /ˈstəʊ.ni/  us   /ˈstoʊ-/
  • stony adjective (PERSON)

A stony ​expression or way of ​behaving is one that ​shows no ​sympathy or ​kindness: She gave me a stony ​glare as I ​walked into the ​room. Most of her ​comments were ​met with a stony silence.
(Definition of stony from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stony" in American English

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stonyadjective

 us   /ˈstoʊ·ni/
containing a lot of ​stones: The ​ground was too stony to be used as a ​farm. Stony also ​means not ​showing any ​emotion, esp. ​sympathy, when you might ​expect it to be ​shown: Though we ​begged him, he gave us a stony ​look and ​turned away.
(Definition of stony from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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