Definition of steely in English:


Syllabification: steel·y
Pronunciation: /ˈstēlē

adjective (steelier, steeliest)

1Resembling steel in color, brightness, or strength: a steely blue
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  • 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.
hard, firm, toned, rigid, stiff, tense, tensed, taut
2Coldly determined; hard: there was a steely edge to his questions
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  • 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
resolute, firm, steadfast, dogged, single-minded;
bitter, burning, ferocious, fanatical;
ruthless, iron, grim, gritty;



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  • 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.

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