What does steely mean?

Definitions for steely
ˈsti listee·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word steely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. steelyadjective

    resembling steel as in hardness

    "steely eyes"; "steely nerves like those of a steeplejack"

  2. steelyadjective

    resembling steel in hardness


  1. steelyadjective

    having qualities resembling those of steel; hard, resolute, sometimes firm

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Steelyadjective

    Etymology: from steel.

    Thy brother’s blood the thirsty earth hath drunk,
    Broach’d with the steely point of Clifford’s lance. William Shakespeare.

    Here smokes his forge, he bares his sinewy arm,
    And early strokes the sounding anvil warm;
    Around his shop the steely sparkles flew,
    As for the steed he shap’d the bending shoe. John Gay.

    That she would unarm her noble heart of that steely resistance against the sweet blows of love. Philip Sidney.


  1. steely

    "Steely" generally refers to something that is resembling or characteristic of steel, especially in being very unyielding, strong, determined, or coldly impersonal. It could be used to describe a person, a person's character traits, or even a look in one's eye. It suggests toughness or resolution in the face of difficulties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steelyadjective

    made of steel; consisting of steel

  2. Steelyadjective

    resembling steel; hard; firm; having the color of steel

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Steely is ranked #16462 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Steely surname appeared 1,746 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Steely.

    94.5% or 1,650 total occurrences were White.
    1.6% or 29 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 26 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steely in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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