ston·y / ˈstōnē/ • adj. (ston·i·er , ston·i·est ) covered with or full of small pieces of rock: rough stony paths. ∎ made of or resembling stone: stony steps. ∎ not having or showing feeling or sympathy: Lorenzo's hard, stony eyes | [in comb.] he walked away, stony-faced. ∎ Astron. (of a meteorite) consisting mostly of rock, as opposed to metal. PHRASES: fall on stony ground (of words or a suggestion) be ignored or badly received. DERIVATIVES: ston·i·ly / -nəlē/ adv. ston·i·ness n.