steelier; steeliest
: resembling or suggesting steel (as in hardness, color, strength, or coldness)
steely determination
steely blue
: made of steel
steeliness noun

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of steely was in 1509

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“Steely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


steelier; steeliest
: made of steel
: resembling steel (as in hardness or color)
a steely gaze
steeliness noun

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