from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of steely: more steely


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word steelier.


  • A steelier, stiffer speech came from the Lib Dems 'Rumpolian David Howarth, who said that we weren't interested in knowing which Cabinet ministers said what.

    Quentin Letts praises David Howarth 2009

  • But Zvonereva is cooler, steadier, steelier and the longer the match went on, the more the Bulgarian began to fray.

    Wimbledon 2010 live blog: 1 July 2010

  • But a glossier finish and a steelier edge belie Duffy's expanded ambitions.

    Duffy: Endlessly – review Kitty Empire 2010

  • The large blue has a lighter, steelier tone than, say, the adonis, which has a shinier, sky-blue hue.

    Butterflies: out of the blue 2010

  • But if the face that Literary Death Match presents to the public is determinedly chaotic and endearingly amateurish, then its rise demonstrates a rather steelier business acumen.

    The new wave of literary events Alex Clark 2010

  • Perhaps all my Wii Boxing will make me steelier, maybe even dance like a butterfly or sting like a bee did I get the words right there?

    Fun and Exercise Kirsty 2008

  • When skeptics challenged that image, however, Mandela made no effort to soften his steelier side.

    Mandela 2008

  • It's one of the unjustices of life that good-looking girls can be steelier -- much moreso than plainer or older women, because a lot of men tolerate it better without the label of "nutcracker".

    Live-blogging night 3 -- Sarah Palin alert! -- of the Republican Convention. Ann Althouse 2008

  • There were singers with bigger, steelier, richer voices, but in her combination of talents and in her range of repertoire, she was just about peerless.

    A Salute to the ‘Bubbles’ Who Never Went Flat 2007

  • But even people with steelier nerves than my own will find an Edinburgh ghost tour a fright fest.

    Enchanting Edinburgh 2007


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.