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steely

[stee-lee] /ˈsti li/
adjective, steelier, steeliest.
1.
consisting or made of steel.
2.
resembling or suggesting steel, as in color, strength, or hardness.
Origin of steely
1500-1510
1500-10; steel + -y1
Related forms
steeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for steelier

steely

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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