Definition of steely adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstiːli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstiːli//
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  1. 1(of a person’s character or behaviour) strong, hard and unfriendly a cold, steely voice a look of steely determination She shivered at the slightly steely note in his voice.
  2. 2like steel in colour steely blue eyes The sky was cold and steely.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: steely