Definition of flinty in English:



  • 1Of, containing, or reminiscent of flint.

    ‘flinty soil’
    ‘a flinty wine’
    • ‘The grey, flinty slopes covered in the serried ranks of vineyards, gave way to the high pastures, the Alpine meadows, which nourished the famed cattle of Switzerland.’
    • ‘Laurie Sansom's production hits its emotional straps, and Jones delivers moving scene after scene of rising, fractious, heart-rending drama and flinty, defiant humour.’
    • ‘An excellent performance against Kildare in Leinster and a thrilling win over Offaly in the first round of the qualifiers made Carlow a more flinty proposition than normal, but Limerick stayed calm and eased their way diligently past.’
    • ‘Shape and texture terms tend to be applied to wines with a high degree of acidity, as angular, austere, flinty, steely.’
    • ‘His epic-length reflections sweep aside not only the flinty facts, but the vital importance of history and tradition in our constitutional architecture.’
    • ‘Coupled with the characteristic flinty aftertaste of the Chablis this is a great white to slurp.’
    • ‘Curiously, they all carry (wear, pet, hug) rocks on strings like prehistoric necklaces - a metaphor, perhaps, for survival in a flinty world of not very much.’
    • ‘Burley was hewn from flinty, industrial Ayrshire.’
    • ‘The beach was flinty; there was no pavement, no electricity, no scuba divers with credit cards.’
    • ‘Perhaps this helps to explain why digging for randomness in the flinty soil of physics is such hard work.’
    • ‘Instead, we butted through the heaving, flinty grey water towards the narrow passageway that separates Karmoy from the mainland.’
    • ‘Classic Sancerre ingredients all coming together skillfully with sharpish gooseberry fruit rolling along a mineral path leading to a flinty finale. 5 Stars.’
    • ‘This wine is spot-on in quality and price, and reveals rounded apple notes threaded with flinty acidity. 7 / 10’
    • ‘Bougrier Tourraine 1998 Sauvignon Blanc, $9.95 - A delicate, crisp white wine with tart fruit flavours and a subtle, flinty finish.’
    • ‘Under my feet the flinty soil shattered into a thousand arrows pointing a hundred different ways.’
    • ‘From the coiled, flinty Gethsemane, through the almost jaunty I'll Tag Along and One Door Opens to the slurred tango of First Breath, this is an album of exciting accomplishment.’
    • ‘Its problem is that it is a very flinty wine that leaves a kind of sour aftertaste on every possible opportunity.’
    • ‘It appears to be a little cavern of death; a wooden stake has been driven through the privates of one of the fellas, while a flinty knife points at the woman.’
    • ‘As I tramped pale flinty paths through the cornfields, larks sang and March hares frolicked.’
    • ‘Portraying the flinty faces of science - daunting complexity twinned with numbing wonder - demands both craft and art.’
    stern, forbidding, uninviting, unapproachable, aloof, distant
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or their expression) very hard and unyielding.
      ‘a flinty stare’
      • ‘I mean, how confident are you that you will convince those flinty eyed people over at Finance that you've got a case for more money?’
      • ‘So here was Orwell, famous for being a flinty man of integrity, in effect throwing in the towel.’
      • ‘He is a famously flinty treasury secretary, a man suspicious of international aid and bailouts, who isn't afraid to say so.’
      • ‘He is able to get outside his flinty, tightly wrapped personality just enough to convince a majority of voters that he deserves another chance.’
      • ‘In Sarah, he had found a tall, power-dressing, glamorous partner, serious and flinty, with a successful business record in developing a right-on public relations company.’
      • ‘She often has only a few moments of screentime to get across what phase Lureen is in, but as we follow her from a wild and flirty girl to a flinty woman trapped in a loveless marriage we feel a complete and three dimensional character.’
      • ‘Now, there was a flinty look in Eddie's eye and a grim expression on his face as he sat down alongside the assistant coach and the manager.’
      • ‘I settled for one hand on the lower rung and a flinty gaze into the middle distance, careful not to meet his eye.’
      • ‘He pledged to keep a flinty eye on it and vowed to slay the threatening blip should it grow.’
      • ‘The always reliable actress brings a flinty edge to the formidable Maggie.’
      • ‘Her character, Anna, is one of the great female parts - too flinty to be dismissed as a ladette, too smart to be written off as a hedonistic bimbo.’
      • ‘The latter spoke first, gaze turning flinty as she turned her attention to the uninvited guest.’
      • ‘But when he goes behind the curtain and sheds the costume, a flinty, thin-skinned, immature man who has never taken responsibility for his mistakes emerges.’
      • ‘I'll provide some facts and my own point of view on our recent history to challenge his flinty attitude.’
      • ‘I happen to like feisty political personalities with regional color whether they are flinty Vermonters or silky Mississipians.’
      • ‘London metropolitan types also think I possess a kind of doughty flinty independent spirit which they wish they had so they too could flee the bars of Charlotte Street and the watering holes of Soho.’
      • ‘It was, in many ways, his finest appearance - the flinty New Englander's feelings on full display for perhaps the first time in his candidacy.’
      • ‘There is something old-fashioned in his manner which may explain why he excels as gruff authority figures and flinty men of the West.’
      • ‘He had bright, flinty eyes and an air of silent confidence - one of those men whose alpha status seems to emanate from their pores, their rank in any group somehow implicit, beyond question.’
      • ‘At times, the performance even seemed to display in equal measures the vitality of a young Eric Black and the flinty resolve of Terry Butcher.’
      firm, solid, dense, rigid, stiff, resistant, unbreakable, inflexible, unpliable, impenetrable, unyielding, solidified, hardened, compact, compacted, steely, tough, strong, stony, rock-like, close-packed, compressed, as hard as iron, as hard as stone
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