Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing or composed of flint.
  • adj. Unyielding; stern: a flinty manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling or containing flint.
  • adj. Showing a lack of emotion.
  • adj. Having a taste characteristic of certain white wines, especially Chablis, supposed to evoke the sensation of flint striking steel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, composed of, abounding in, or resembling, flint

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of flint; abounding in flint, or having a flint-like quality: as, a flinty rock; a flinty fracture; flinty ground.
  • Figuratively, hard as flint; obdurate; cruel; unmerciful: as, a flinty heart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing flint
  • adj. showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings

Etymologies

flint +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He jerked his head at Helen as he passed the Cells office on his way out, his expression flinty; Helen scrambled to keep up as he strode away.

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  • He used one of his favorite terms -- "flinty" -- to describe Mr. Simpson.

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  • "I have the tenacity of a Dagny Taggart," says Mr. Aglialoro, referring to the flinty heroine of "Atlas Shrugged."

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  • Expression flinty, Carmine stared at an unrepentant Helen MacIntosh as she sat on the opposite side of the kitchen table he preferred to a desk, with its drawers, kneeholes, modesty panels and nice wood tops.

    Naked Cruelty

  • Roberts describes both men with evident admiration as gentlemen - Marshall is "steely", Brooke "flinty" - able to work with one another despite their differences.

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  • Obama singled out Simpson, a longtime advocate of fiscal discipline, as being "flinty" or unyielding.

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  • "If you look in the dictionary, it says 'flinty' and then it's got Simpson's picture," the president said.

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  • Bush and Truman share a kind of flinty self-reliance: just as Bush likes to call himself "the decider," Truman liked to say "The buck stops here."

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  • "The house white is kind of flinty and I think it goes with everything myself."

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  • The outer surfaces of the outer sheets are prepared with a kind of flinty coating, which gives sharpness to the outline of the various coloured devices.

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  • I had written a great part of another long letter, to try to soften thy flinty heart in her favour...

    Belford to Lovelace, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 18, 2007