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adj. steel·i·er, steel·i·est
1. Made of steel.
2. Resembling steel, as in color or hardness: steely gray.
3. Expressing disapproval, disagreement, or displeasure: a steely gaze.

steel′i·ness n.


(ˈsti li)

adj. steel•i•er, steel•i•est.
1. consisting or made of steel.
2. resembling or suggesting steel, as in color or hardness.
steel′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.steely - resembling steel as in hardness; "steely eyes"; "steely nerves like those of a steeplejack"
hard - dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";
2.steely - resembling steel in hardness
hard - resisting weight or pressure


1. determined, firm, dogged, persevering, resolute, purposeful, tenacious, undaunted, steadfast, obstinate, unwavering, unflinching, unbending, unshakable, unshaken Their indecision had been replaced by steely determination.
2. blue-grey, grey, steel-grey, iron-grey steely grey hair
فولاذي، قاسٍ، صَلْب، لامِع
jako ocelocelový
stál-, líkur stáli
ako oceľ
çelik gibi


[ˈstiːlɪ] ADJ (steelier (compar) (steeliest (superl))) → acerado (fig) [determination] → inflexible; [gaze] → duro, de acero
steely blueazul metálico


[ˈstiːli] adj [determination] → inflexible; [eyes, gaze] → d'aciersteely-eyed [ˌstiːliˈaɪd] adjau regard d'acier


adj (+er) gripstahlhart; smile, expressionhart; gazehart, stählern; eyesstählern; determinationeisern, ehern; (= grim) personknallhart; steely blue/greystahlblau/-grau


[ˈstiːlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (determination) → inflessibile; (gaze) → duro/a; (eyes) → freddo/a come l'acciaio
steely grey → color piombo inv


(stiːl) noun, adjective
(of) a very hard alloy of iron and carbon, used for making tools etc. tools of the finest steel; steel knives/chisels; He had a grip of steel (= a very strong grip).
to harden and strengthen (oneself, one's nerves etc) in preparation for doing, or resisting, something. He steeled himself to meet the attack / to tell his wife the truth.
ˈsteely adjective
hard, cold, strong or bright like steel.
ˈsteeliness noun
steel wool
a pad, ball etc of steel shavings used for scouring (pans etc) and polishing.
ˈsteelworks noun singular or plural
a factory where steel is made.
References in classic literature ?
How exquisite this steely water is!" said Sergey Ivanovitch.
This ideal point of the estuary, this centre of memories, is marked upon the steely gray expanse of the waters by a lightship painted red that, from a couple of miles off, looks like a cheap and bizarre little toy.
Her eyes met it unflinchingly, with the steely steadiness of the eyes of an eagle.
His eyes, of a steely light grey, had a very disconcerting trick, when they encountered your eyes, of looking as if they expected something more from you than you were aware of yourself.
He saw this one pursue a man, catch him up in one of its steely tentacles, and knock his head against the trunk of a pine tree.
You can 'ave it." Then he paused and sometimes, with a steely eye, added: "And you can 'ave your notice too."
The red light had faded from the swift-flowing water, and had left it overspread with one monotonous hue of steely gray.
Wolf Larsen was watching him, waiting for him, the steely glitter in his eyes; but Smoke closed his mouth again without having said anything.
I will tell Miss--oh!" Agatha had inserted a steely finger between her ribs, and was tickling her unendurably.
In less than five minutes they had thus revealed to me their characters, and in less than five minutes I had buckled on a breast-plate of steely indifference, and let down a visor of impassible austerity.
But now, strangely enough, he had no sooner seated himself and bent his steely gaze upon me, than, for some reason or another, I felt moved to tell him everything--to speak to him of my love in all its phases.
"'Tis a thousand pities your husband can't see 'ee now--you do look a real beauty!" said Izz Huett, regarding Tess as she stood on the threshold between the steely starlight without the yellow candlelight within.