Definition of steely
1 : resembling or suggesting steel (as in hardness, color, strength, or coldness) steely determination steely blue
2 : made of steel
Examples of steely in a Sentence
a thief with steely nerves
He had a steely determination to succeed.
She gave him a steely gaze.
a sky filled with steely gray clouds
the judge's steely blue eyes
Recent Examples of steely from the Web
Nicole Kidman is particularly, unsurprisingly excellent in her performance as the steely Miss Martha.
Prada’s male models sported high, technical knit socks with micro boy shorts in bright tomato red and steely gray.
These delicate qualities belie a fierce inner strength and a steely artistic will.
Flanked by bodyguards and officials, wearing a white-and-black jacket and a steely expression, May walked along the corridor to the meeting room through a throng of about 40 journalists without saying a word.
Steely resilience in the face of unforgiving tragedy is considered a fixture of British patriotism.
More than once the industrial character of the sound seemed to this listener a kind of apotheosis of the steely clatter of early Soviet constructivist music, though at greater length and with superfluous visual enhancement.
Landrieu, much to his credit, helped restore faith in the city's government and reversed Nagin's spiraling debt crisis with some tough decisions and steely discipline.
But Conway’s troubles do fit with a series-long motif of the steely Underwoods winning out while others in their field succumb to human fragility.
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First Known Use of steely
STEELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of steely for English Language Learners
: very strong and determined often in a cold or unfriendly way
: resembling steel especially in color
STEELY Defined for Kids
Definition of steely for Students
: like steel (as in hardness, strength, or color) steely eyes
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