[ stee-mer ]
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  1. something propelled or operated by steam, as a steamship.

  2. a person or thing that steams.

  1. a device, pot, or container in which something is steamed.

verb (used without object)
  1. to travel by steamship.

Origin of steamer

First recorded in 1805–15; steam + -er1

Words Nearby steamer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steamer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for steamer


/ (ˈstiːmə) /

  1. a boat or ship driven by steam engines

  2. Also called: steam box an apparatus for steaming wooden beams and planks to make them pliable for shipbuilding

  1. a vessel used to cook food by steam

  2. Australian slang a clash of sporting teams characterized by rough play

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