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[ stee-mee ]


, 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.


/ ˈstiːmɪ /


  1. of, resembling, full of, or covered with steam
  2. informal.
    lustful or erotic

    steamy nightlife

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsteaminess, noun
  • ˈsteamily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • steami·ly adverb
  • steami·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of steamy1

First recorded in 1635–45; steam + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued throughout the region as a cold front mixed with steamy air lodged over the Washington area, triggering multiple thunderstorms.

A slow-moving but strong cold front running into steamy air lodged over the Washington region will act as the trigger for multiple rounds of showers and storms Thursday afternoon and evening.

High humidity makes it feel even steamier and fuels the afternoon thunderstorms that roll in.

There are sweeping gestures, bountiful sexual tension and a steamy scene over the Manhattan Bridge that succeeds at making a subway ride romantic.

From Time

Ella’s steamy, verdant Thailand shifts to the cold, slate gray rain of Elena’s Paris.

Zilch, what with Showtime's other steamy sex-heavy drama, The Affair, stealing its thunder.

This is nudity as lifestyle, health, openness — not seamy or steamy.

We were careful with how we dealt with suspected patients and what we did with our primitive coverings, it was steamy.

The packed church had grown steamy with the approach of a summer storm.

The trailer was too sappy to go with my friends and the poster was too steamy to go with my parents.

This steamy heat is the very deuce to work in, and I'll be glad of the lay-off on Sunday.

Even the West-end was hot and steamy on that broiling August day.

A mouth ripped apart on the skull, and the chest began to move with a wet steamy sound in irregular gasps.

After the noise and steamy heat of the dining-room, this was an example our two friends were not sorry to follow.

Merry saw how the thing was done one steamy hot day at Palembang, and he saw quite stark and plain.


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