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adjective, steam·i·er, steam·i·est.
  1. consisting of or resembling steam.
  2. full of or abounding in steam; emitting steam.
  3. covered with or as if with condensed steam: a steamy bathroom mirror.
  4. hot and humid.
  5. Informal. passionate or erotic.

Origin of steamy

First recorded in 1635–45; steam + -y1
Related formssteam·i·ly, adverbsteam·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective steamier or steamiest
  1. of, resembling, full of, or covered with steam
  2. informal lustful or eroticsteamy nightlife
Derived Formssteamily, adverbsteaminess, 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.

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