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[stee-mee] /ˈsti mi/
adjective, steamier, steamiest.
consisting of or resembling steam.
full of or abounding in steam; emitting steam.
covered with or as if with condensed steam:
a steamy bathroom mirror.
hot and humid.
Informal. passionate or erotic.
Origin of steamy
1635-45; steam + -y1
Related forms
steamily, adverb
steaminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for steamy
  • It's warm and steamy inside, and smells of sweet, fresh milk.
  • The days to steamy ski goggles and fog-strewn windshields may be coming to a close.
  • Fifteen hundred people braved the steamy spring weather, and the store broke sales records.
  • Through harsh winters and steamy summers, gauges will track the expansion and contraction of joints and supports.
  • He shows me a stack but won't let me peek at their steamy contents.
  • They came out wonderfully charred and steamy delicious.
  • Humidify the air with a cool mist humidifier or spend time in a steamy shower.
  • It's hot and steamy outside and that means delicious summer produce is in season.
  • It's impossible to reheat cold food to steamy hot in these devices.
  • You'll see that the open jar hasn't changed, but the closed jar will be steamy and hot inside.
British Dictionary definitions for steamy


adjective steamier, steamiest
of, resembling, full of, or covered with steam
(informal) lustful or erotic: steamy nightlife
Derived Forms
steamily, adverb
steaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for steamy

1640s, from steam + -y (2); in the sense of "erotic, sexy," it is first recorded 1952. Related: Steamily; steaminess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for steamy

steam someone up

verb phrase

To excite and stimulate; incite enthusiasm (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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