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adjective, steel·i·er, steel·i·est.
  1. consisting or made of steel.
  2. resembling or suggesting steel, as in color, strength, or hardness.

Origin of steely

First recorded in 1500–10; steel + -y1
Related formssteel·i·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for steely


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

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