or steam punk, steam-punk

[ steem-puhngk ]
/ ˈstimˌpʌŋk /


a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
a subculture inspired by this literary and film subgenre: the fashions and gadgets of steampunk.

Nearby words

  1. steamer rug,
  2. steamer trunk,
  3. steamie,
  4. steaming,
  5. steampipe,
  6. steamroll,
  7. steamroller,
  8. steamship,
  9. steamtight,
  10. steamy

Origin of steampunk

First recorded in 1985–90; modeled on cyberpunk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019