steely

adjective \ ˈstē-lē \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of steely

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

steeliness

noun

Examples of steely in a Sentence

  1. a thief with steely nerves

  2. He had a steely determination to succeed.

  3. She gave him a steely gaze.

  4. a sky filled with steely gray clouds

  5. the judge's steely blue eyes

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First Known Use of steely

1509

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STEELY Defined for English Language Learners

steely

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

steely

adjective \ ˈstē-lē \

Definition of steely for Students

steelier; steeliest
: like steel (as in hardness, strength, or color)
  • steely eyes


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