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steely

[ stee-lee ]
/ ˈsti li /
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adjective, steel·i·er, steel·i·est.

consisting or made of steel.
resembling or suggesting steel, as in color, strength, or hardness.

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steelman, steels, steelwork, steelworker, steelworks, steely, steelyard, steen, steen, jan, steenbok, steenbras

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

steely


adj.

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

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