Definition of steamy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstiːmi/

adjective (steamier, steamiest)

1Producing, filled with, or clouded with steam: a small steamy kitchen
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  • The heat of their exertions is palpable, their hot breath rising in steamy clouds towards the corrugated roof.
  • She plugged the stopper in the drain and began to fill the tub with hot steamy water.
  • He did like the steamy clouds that enveloped him, though the raining hot drops were scalding on the base of his ears.
1.1(Of a place) hot and humid: the hot, steamy jungle
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  • Essentially, they were in their own little humid, steamy room.
  • Rain was pouring down on the steamy pavement and dripping off the edges of the rickety roofs.
  • In the streets of the steamy capital, lifelike effigies of the 62-year-old former guerrilla leader are paraded around by supporters seeking votes.
humid, muggy, sticky, dripping, moist, damp, clammy, sultry, sweltering, boiling, sweaty, steaming, like a Turkish bath, like a sauna
2 informal Depicting or involving passionate sexual activity: steamy sex scenes a steamy affair
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  • Having your partner groom your naughty parts with you is a highly erotic activity that will inevitably lead to steamy hot sex.
  • She's not talking about the film's steamy sex scenes.
  • He thus tasked himself to extraction from what was not, oddly enough, a torrid steamy love affair with an accountant.
informal raunchy, naughty
British informal saucy, fruity
North American informal gamy
euphemistic adult
passionate, torrid, amorous, ardent, loving, hot-blooded, sexy, lustful, erotic
informal sizzling, zipless, hot, red-hot



Example sentences
  • It is, I am told, every bit as luscious as it looks: cod flesh falling steamily away at the touch of the fork.
  • ‘The Tulip ‘- steamily promoted as ‘the flower that drove men mad’ - outlines the passions that have attended this most popular of flowers through its 700-year flirtation with modern history.
  • She could start with the steamily sexy turquoise mini-dress with its hand-painted goldfish palliates.


Example sentences
  • When asked about how he benefited from the steaminess of his spouse's imagination the poor fellow shrugged his shoulders and said, ‘She never talks to me like that.’
  • If this pleasure is paradise, it is very Pacific, L.A.-specific and ultracool even in its sexualized steaminess.
  • In fact, steaminess was the driving force of King's latest project.

Words that rhyme with steamy

beamy, creamy, dreamy, gleamy, Mimi, preemie, seamy

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