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steely (adj.)

1580s, "made of steel," from steel (n.) + -y (2). Figurative meaning "hard and cold as steel" is from c. 1500. Related: Steeliness.

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Definitions of steely

steely (adj.)
resembling steel as in hardness;
steely nerves like those of a steeplejack
steely eyes
steely (adj.)
resembling steel in hardness;
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