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steely (comparative steelier, superlative steeliest)

  1. Having qualities resembling those of steel, especially hard and resolute.
    The bully backed down before his steely gaze.
    steely grey hair
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      She would unarm her noble heart of that steely resistance against the sweet blows of love.
  2. Made of steel.
    • Shakespeare
      Broach'd with the steely point of Clifford's lance.
    • Gay
      Around his shop the steely sparkles flew.