flinty


flinty
[[t]flɪ̱nti[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED
If you describe a person or someone's character or expression as flinty, you mean they are harsh and show no emotion.

...her flinty stare.

...a man of flinty determination.

Syn:
stony, hard

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Flinty — Flint y, a. [Compar. {Flintier}; superl. {Flintiest}.] Consisting of, composed of, abounding in, or resembling, flint; as, a flinty rock; flinty ground; a flinty heart. [1913 Webster] {Flinty rock}, or {Flinty state}, a siliceous slate; basanite… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flinty — ► ADJECTIVE (flintier, flintiest) 1) of, containing, or resembling flint. 2) grim and unyielding: a flinty stare. DERIVATIVES flintily adverb flintiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • flinty — [flin′tē] adj. flintier, flintiest 1. made of or containing flint 2. like flint; extremely hard and firm; inflexible [a flinty heart] flintily adv. flintiness n …   English World dictionary

  • flinty — index rigid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • flinty — (adj.) hard hearted, 1530s, from FLINT (Cf. flint) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Literal sense of resembling flint is from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • flinty — [adj] stern cruel, firm, hard, inflexible, rigid, steely, stony, unsympathetic, unyielding; concept 604 …   New thesaurus

  • flinty — UK [ˈflɪntɪ] / US adjective Word forms flinty : adjective flinty comparative flintier superlative flintiest a flinty expression is unfriendly and without emotion …   English dictionary

  • flinty — flint|y [ˈflınti] adj 1.) literary not showing any emotions = ↑hard, icy ↑icy flinty look/stare ▪ Duvall gave him a flinty stare. 2.) like flint or containing flint …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flinty — flint|y [ flınti ] adjective 1. ) a flinty expression is unfriendly and without emotion 2. ) containing FLINT: flinty New England soil …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flinty — adjective a flinty expression or person does not show emotions: Duvall gave him a flinty stare …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English