adjective, steel·i·er, steel·i·est.
Origin of steely
Related Words for steelyuncompromising, intractable, stringent, steadfast, resolute, strict, unyielding, rigid, rigorous, obstinate, adamant, immutable, tough, harsh, flinty, hard-nosed, grim, solid, stark, tight
Examples from the Web for steely
Contemporary Examples of steely
Its biggest asset, of course, is the steely Atwell, who never asks you to feel sorry for Carter despite all the sexism around her.Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Stomps on the Patriarchy
January 7, 2015
So, people sped by the models less out of puritanical deference to the naked bodies, but to keep up their steely reputations.Naked on a New York Street—for Art
September 16, 2014
With a soft smile and a shrug that belied by his steely eyes, he replied, “Start another.”Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
She's a steely ingenue, a fair-faced heroine, a leading lady.Our Pop Culture Wish List for 2014
December 30, 2013
The only frosty point came when West asked what sex the Royal Baby was – Harry's steely look left the question unanswered.How Dominic West Got Into Trouble With Prince Harry When He Asked Royal Baby Gender
November 7, 2013
Historical Examples of steely
Every word fell from him with a quiet and steely deliberation.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He spoke again, still calm but with a new, steely note in his voice.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
He watched her, his body eager, his soul trammelling it with a steely restraint.Mistress Wilding
Then I remarked the steely glitter of his eyes as he turned to me.
"Timberlake is after us," said Jesse, with a steely glitter in his eyes.