steel·​ie | \ ˈstē-lē How to pronounce steelie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly steely
plural steelies

Definition of steelie

: a playing marble made of steel

Examples of steelie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Call it a sewer salmon, mud marlin, pond pig, river rabbit, dumpster dolphin, ghetto grouper, septic steelie or Cyprinus carpio., "Today: A Retreat, Without a Question," 12 July 2019 The 18-inch steelies are both rugged and comparatively inexpensive. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 Applegate and Illinois rivers also seeing some steelies. Bee Staff, sacbee, "Snow, cold weather slow down Northern California fishing action | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Feb. 2018 Flows jumped from 2,200 cfs to 3,000 cfs after last week’s rain, which might move some of the steelies upriver. sacbee, "Fishing line: Trout plants continue at Lake Amador | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Jan. 2018 Dave Delmue caught a 12-pound hatchery steelie at Johnson’s Beach using cure roe under a float bought at Kings Sport & Tackle, and another unidentified anglers caught a 10 pounder a the same spot with the same bait. sacbee, "Fishing line: Salmon season closed on American River | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Dec. 2017 Civilians catalog the tells for police vehicles, like steelies on an Explorer, but maybe this could work the other way around: Cops should know that a matte-black hood signals the 1LE, a Camaro that will smelt any municipal ore barge. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: How Fast Your Car Needs to Be to Outrun a Cop," 31 Aug. 2017 One of the male steelies was missing a chunk from the top of its tail. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retired fisheries biologist shares wonder of Brule River's underwater world," 1 July 2017 In June, Ahmad started ordering supplies from eBay, the slingshot steelies, the citric acid, the circuit board, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. Kim Barker, Pir Zubair Shah, Joseph Goldstein And Jessica Silver-greenberg, New York Times, "Journey From Class Clown to Suspect in Chelsea Bombing," 24 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of steelie

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Steelie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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