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From steel +‎ -y.



steely (comparative steelier, superlative steeliest)

  1. Having qualities resembling those of steel, especially hard and resolute.
    The bully backed down before his steely gaze.
    steely grey hair
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      She would unarm her noble heart of that steely resistance against the sweet blows of love.
    • 2017 June 11, Ben Fisher, “England seal Under-20 World Cup glory as Dominic Calvert-Lewin strikes”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Freddie Woodman was ultimately the hero after making a superb 74th-minute penalty save to deny Adalberto Peñaranda. Woodman, the son of former Northampton Town goalkeeper Andy and godson of Southgate, made a steely left-handed save from the spot-kick after Dominic Calvert-Lewin had given England a first-half lead.
  2. Made of steel.
    • Shakespeare
      Broach'd with the steely point of Clifford's lance.
    • Gay
      Around his shop the steely sparkles flew.

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