Definition of steely in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈstiːli/

adjective (steelier, steeliest)

1Resembling steel in colour, brightness, or strength: a steely blue
More example sentences
  • Original tinning is steely grey in colour and if it is in good condition, it counts as a plus point when considering the value of the item.
  • I love it for its leaves, a steely grey blue warmed with a blush of burgundy.
  • The steely blue is another dark lure colour, something like the black or the reds, which have always been top catchers.
blue-grey, grey, steel-coloured, steel-grey, iron-grey;
hard, firm, toned, rigid, stiff, tense, tensed, taut, stretched
2Coldly determined; hard: there was a steely edge to his questions
More example sentences
  • As if a swirling combination of rage, sympathy, and steely determination made it hard for him to formulate his sentences.
  • Don't doubt this steely determined and highly skilful County Manager for even one fleeting moment.
  • I saw the determined, steely eyes of a man with something to prove, in fact everything to prove.
literary adamantine
rare marble-hearted
resolute, firm, fixed, steadfast, dogged, single-minded;
bitter, burning, fiery, ferocious, fierce, fanatical, furious;
ruthless, inflexible, iron, granite, stony, grim, gritty, gutsy;
unquenchable, unflinching, unswerving, unfaltering, untiring, unwavering, unyielding, undaunted



Pronunciation: /ˈstiːlɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • He has the strength, the steeliness, the determination, a follow-through; he has the real steady qualities of leadership that we look for in a president and for American leadership in the world.
  • There was a new-found steeliness to Portlaoise's play.
  • But now Button is back out of that wilderness, and there is a quiet steeliness in his eyes and in his tone that is the final indication that his journey to genuine grand prix stardom is almost over.

Words that rhyme with steely

campanile, dele, eely, Ely, fusilli, Gigli, Ismaili, Keeley, Keneally, KwaNdebele, Lely, Matabele, mealie, mealy, Ndebele, sapele, Sindebele, Swahili, wheelie

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: steely

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.