verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of steam
Related Words for blow off steamrejoice, bask, perform, laud, proclaim, observe, praise, honor, revere, enjoy, wallow, rollick, riot, carouse, savor, crow, relish, delight, luxuriate, gloat
- (of a ship, etc) to work up a sufficient head of steam in a boiler to drive an engine
- informalto go quickly
Word Origin for steam
Old English steam "vapor, fume," from Proto-Germanic *staumaz (cf. Dutch stoom), of unknown origin. Steam age first attested 1941. Steam heat as a method of temperature control recorded from 1904.
Old English stemen, stymen "to emit a scent or odor," from the root of steam (n.). Slang meaning "to make angry" is from 1922. Related: Steamed; steaming.
blow off steam
Also, let off steam. Air or relieve one's pent-up feelings by loud talk or vigorous activity. For example, Joan's shouting did not mean she was angry at you; she was just blowing off steam, or After spending the day on very exacting work, Tom blew off steam by going for a long run. This metaphoric term refers to easing the pressure in a steam engine. [Early 1800s]
see blow off steam; full speed (steam) ahead; get up steam; run out of steam; under one's own steam.