Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to steely: steely gaze


With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. The teacher fixed a steely-eyed gaze upon me when I started joking around during class. I could feel my ex-girlfriend staring at me, steely-eyed, from across the bar.


Calm and unflappable under pressure. I asked my brother to come to court with me because he is always steely-nerved in stressful situations. Gina needs to be steely-nerved to deal with all that rejection that comes with being an actress.

steely gaze

A prolonged and intense, mirthless look, especially one expressing disapproval or displeasure. The kids began joking about their classmate's situation, but the teacher silenced them with a steely gaze. I could tell by his steely gaze that he was not happy about the news.
See also: gaze, steely

steely look

An intense, mirthless look, especially one expressing disapproval or displeasure. The kids began joking about their classmate's situation, but the teacher silenced them with a steely look. He shot me a steely look when I suggested he sell his grandfather's cottage.
See also: look, steely

steely gaze

Cliché an intense, staring gaze. The principal turned a steely gaze toward the frightened student and suddenly smiled.
See also: gaze, steely
References in periodicals archive ?
Between 1972 and 2017, the ownership, value and business of Steely Dan Inc.
As the duo that made up Steely Dan, Becker and Fagen were said to have modified and evolved the vocabulary of pop during the 1970s with their famous songs like "Do It Again," "Reelin' in the Years," and "Peg.
The duo later moved to California to form Steely Dan in 1972 alongside guitarists Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and Denny Dias, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer.
I never did get to see Steely Dan that year, or any other year for that matter, until last summer when they cameto Liverpool's Summer Pops.
Discussion groups will be led by Gene Russianoff, staff attorney of the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign; Bruce Schaller, principal of Schaller Consulting; Ethel Sheffer, president of the American Planning Association; Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives; Ernest Tollerson, senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives Partnership for New York City; and Robert Yaro, president of the Regional Plan Association.
WEDDING Crasher Owen Wilson has denied a connection between his movie You, Me and Dupree and 70s band Steely Dan.
If used properly, Roman condoms can help greatly reduce sexually transmitted diseases (STD), pregnancies and Satan's steely grip on your member.
Nothing demands immediate attention on Fagen's third album away from Steely Dan.
Steely in all senses, this is an architecture of clarity, precision and control.
But Cox has been less steely when more personal issues were at stake, and it remains to be seen how he'll react when--and if--things get ugly.
Watching the male performer, naked, casually stroking the responsive fingers of a robot evokes a utopian, even romantic relationship between man and machine, while alternatively one can imagine the performer's hand being crushed by the might of the robot's steely grip; another scene portrays these same mechanical fingers in close-up as they caress the performer's lips, his eyes closed in a state of near-exultation.
In six Masterpiece Theater productions Helen Mirren has played the steely and sometimes strident Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.
It's a bumpy ride navigating her way through both black America and white America, but her narrative gives readers an appreciation for how it tempered both her steely determination and her honeyed grace.
Anyway, he was talkin' about how Steely Dan guitarist Denny Dias was hot.