Definition of steampunk in English:

steampunk

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology:

    ‘if you like steampunk, this is a great book for you’
    [as modifier] ‘she seeks to rescue her kidnapped father in this steampunk adventure’
    • ‘I knew about Railway Spine via Gibson & Sterling's excellent steampunk novel, The Difference Engine.’
    • ‘I think the first question there is how you define "pure" steampunk.’
    • ‘And in your introduction to your anthology, which includes non-fiction articles as well, you say steampunk is part of the mainstream.’
    • ‘If you enjoy steampunk, or are just a fan of smart, hip alternate history in general, I also recommend arguably the first ever steampunk novel: Pavane, by Keith Roberts.’
    • ‘I posed a question a week or so ago about steampunk, and polled for interest in a steampunk reading challenge.’
    • ‘But in terms of their reading audience, they seem to be maintaining the reading audience for steampunk on the internet.’
    • ‘There being relatively few of them in videogames is, I think, probably due to there being hardly any steampunk films, or steampunk novels.’
    • ‘It's a novel that's more gothic than steampunk.’
    • ‘I'm sure that there are a lot of anime and manga that existed prior to this current resurgence that included steampunk elements.’
    • ‘The steampunk genre has certainly been better handled in the past, but it's never looked better than it does in Steamboy.’
    • ‘Your anthology includes writers from various countries, including Australia, but of course steampunk is essentially English, I guess.’
    • ‘Much of it takes place in a "fantasy London" where people dress like steampunk superheroes.’
    • ‘It's a mish-mash of many different ideas, but that's what makes steampunk so appealing.’
    • ‘It wasn't really so much through the literature at first, although some of these steampunk novels are very popular.’
    • ‘That kind of retro novel is known as steam punk.’
    • ‘Steam punk is a sub-genre of science fiction.’
    • ‘Dungeon Siege had some elements of steampunk in it, namely the robotic goblins.’
    • ‘Their work is part of the steampunk genre, and if you don't know what steampunk is, think of it as dark, pseudo Victorian fun.’
    • ‘In other cases, steampunk envisions a historical world that has modern elements.’
    1. 1.1 A style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction:
      ‘the essence of steampunk is homage to vintage fashion with a modern, sassy twist’
      [as modifier] ‘a wardrobe of steampunk clothing’
      • ‘I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but I do enjoy the makeshift weaponry that they create for the style.’
      • ‘Her style is kind of steampunk, funky vintage and that's how she likes to roll.’
      • ‘The babe went for a steampunk ensemble in an oversized black snakeskin coat, crazy heels and gold glasses.’
      • ‘I'm a little vague on why tiny little hats and goggles are a requirement for steampunk, but apparently they are.’
      • ‘His latest creation is the "Aetheria Circumducitur", a steampunk lamp housed in a spinning brass cage.’
      • ‘The award-winning chef shares his new spin on classic comfort food and cocktails that's emerged in his latest Las Vegas steampunk restaurant.’
      • ‘The actors tear away parts of their costumes, transforming the look into distressed steampunk.’
      • ‘She collects teapots, teddy bears and steampunk gadgetry.’
      • ‘The artwork on the site gives the game world a decidedly fantasy flair, but also with what could be steampunk elements.’
      • ‘When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book.’

Pronunciation

steampunk

/ˈstiːmpʌŋk/