Definition of steely in English:

steely

adjective

  • 1Resembling steel in colour, brightness, or strength:

    ‘a steely blue’
    • ‘The color is steely blue gray, as if all the red and yellow was rinsed from the negative.’
    • ‘Her mouth was pursed and her steely blue eyes registered every change in the ocean current.’
    • ‘Few fish can be mistaken for the steely grey bullish looking bass.’
    • ‘The warm water moray eel is also caught from time to time, although this is a mottled fish with a pointed face, very different from the steely grey of the conger.’
    • ‘I love it for its leaves, a steely grey blue warmed with a blush of burgundy.’
    • ‘They started gabbling in some foreign eastern European tongue and shot me intermittent daggers from their steely blue eyes.’
    • ‘The Bay of Naples curled around a steely blue sea; in the distance was the hazy shape of Capri.’
    • ‘They saw the potential in those steely blue eyes and asked her to join them.’
    • ‘His intense gaze was directed at her, steely blue orbs engaging her brown.’
    • ‘The Hong Kong of the movie is full of deep blues and steely greys, a dirty jewel on the water.’
    • ‘Her anger flared, fueled by an injured heart eyes turning steely gray blue.’
    • ‘Her eyes were a sharp, steely blue and her black hair was usually tied back into a severe bun.’
    • ‘The steely blue is another dark lure colour, something like the black or the reds, which have always been top catchers.’
    • ‘The magnificent January King has steely blue leaves and a tight head tinged with mauve.’
    • ‘Still, his steely blue eyes did have a certain menace about them.’
    • ‘Original tinning is steely grey in colour and if it is in good condition, it counts as a plus point when considering the value of the item.’
    • ‘A few rays of sunlight fell on the island, but most of it was dim and the water was a steely blue.’
    • ‘He had steely blue eyes and almost perfect tanned skin.’
    • ‘Carrie turned to me with an expectant look on her face, her steely blue eyes looking directly at me.’
    • ‘The hair used to conform to the colour code but it has broken out in steely grey.’
    blue-grey, grey, steel-coloured, steel-grey, iron-grey
    hard, firm, toned, rigid, stiff, tense, tensed, taut, stretched
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  • 2Coldly determined; hard:

    ‘there was a steely edge to his questions’
    • ‘Dudley played with a steely determination, still believing a win could keep alive their desperate relegation struggle.’
    • ‘Louis has a fragile quality combined with a steely determination.’
    • ‘Yet beneath this sweet exterior I suspect there's a core of steely determination.’
    • ‘They played with invention and verve allied to common sense and steely determination on Saturday evening.’
    • ‘Mrs Tutty put her aunt's old age down to her steely determination.’
    • ‘Despite the years of torment, she has a steely determination to see justice done for her beloved daughter, and she is not going to give up now.’
    • ‘James' dark brown eyes were no longer sparkling with happiness and cheer but instead steely and hard.’
    • ‘With Friday's League clash at Carlisle looming large, City chief Dolan is looking for steely determination to pull York out of a rut.’
    • ‘City could hardly believe their good fortune but with a priceless lead now to protect their steely determination was galvanised.’
    • ‘Every word was jacketed with a steely promise and the hard in his eye was more than even the old man cared to face.’
    • ‘The man famed for his wraparound sunglasses and steely determination was becoming a golfing automaton.’
    • ‘I saw the determined, steely eyes of a man with something to prove, in fact everything to prove.’
    • ‘Every candidate has displayed a steely determination to succeed.’
    • ‘Kiv asked her quietly, but in a steely tone of someone who is determined to achieve their goal.’
    • ‘Don't doubt this steely determined and highly skilful County Manager for even one fleeting moment.’
    • ‘That's the kind of steely determination which has become a feature of the side and which will again stand them in good stead on Sunday.’
    • ‘But steely determination saw him back in training at the end of February.’
    • ‘The home duo were two behind with five holes to play, but showed steely determination to edge back into the contest.’
    • ‘As if a swirling combination of rage, sympathy, and steely determination made it hard for him to formulate his sentences.’
    • ‘Then there is the generously-proportioned nose and, of course, the determined chin and steely blue gaze.’
    resolute, firm, fixed, steadfast, dogged, single-minded
    cruel, unfeeling, merciless, ruthless, pitiless, heartless, hard-hearted, hard, stony, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, harsh, callous, severe, unmerciful, unrelenting, relentless, unpitying, unsparing, unforgiving, uncaring, unsympathetic, uncharitable, lacking compassion, remorseless, unbending, unmoved, inflexible, inexorable, implacable, unremitting
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Pronunciation:

steely

/ˈstiːli/