Definition of steaming in US English:



  • 1Giving off steam.

    ‘a basin of steaming water’
    • ‘Millie rose, head still bowed, and poured the last remaining buckets of water into the steaming tub.’
    • ‘The dishes there were old, and needed soaking, so Jim just filled the sink with steaming water, and stuffed all the dirties inside.’
    • ‘My hands reached up and held my head as more tears fell, falling to the floor and rolling over to the steaming water where the formed little gray swirls.’
    • ‘Norwood sighed to himself as he stepped under the steaming water, letting go of all the tension and stress he'd built up around himself in the last week or so.’
    • ‘Lydia is sitting in a bathtub of steaming water.’
    • ‘The being moved to the bedside table and brought a pitcher forth, pouring steaming water into a bowl and then producing a rag.’
    • ‘Kendall let out a slow sigh and turned to face Elma who had returned to her boiling kettle of water, lifting out steaming clothing with a thick stick.’
    • ‘I held my breath and submerged myself under the steaming water.’
    • ‘An hour later, here she was, sitting in a padded barrel of steaming water, and having her hair untangled by her mother's maid.’
    • ‘Ellie nodded and poured the steaming water into the two cups.’
    • ‘Pouring water over a steaming engine that was in danger of spurting boiling jets of vapor with the wrong timing of a pour.’
    • ‘Not that there's much to see through the steaming sheet of water dancing around me, running in freezing rivulets down my back and filling up my shoes.’
    • ‘Place the wedges in a steaming basket over boiling water.’
    • ‘Soon they were all pushing her toward a tub of steaming water.’
    • ‘Slipping out of her flannel yellow pajamas, she turned on the faucet and watched the steaming water pour forth from the showerhead.’
    • ‘Waimangu Volcanic Valley's highlight is its Inferno Crater, as well as powder blue, steaming waters and sheer crater walls.’
    • ‘Crane stood under the shower head and allowed himself the small indulgence of simply standing in the steaming water as it cascaded over him.’
    • ‘Daemyn returned a little later with a large bowl of steaming water’
    • ‘A maid entered with rags, another with a steaming bowl of water, and a third with bandages and alcohol.’
    • ‘She turned on the shower and scowled at the steaming water.’
    humid, muggy, sticky, dripping, moist, damp, clammy, sultry, sweltering, boiling, sweaty, like a turkish bath, like a sauna
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  • 2British informal Extremely drunk.

    • ‘The other four girls seemed nice, all of them were steaming drunk - as was I and all were glad they'd worn thongs.’
    • ‘She said she could not remember what she had done because she was ‘blind steaming drunk’.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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  • 3British informal Very angry.

    • ‘I am fuming, steaming, spitting fire, yup I'm angry and it's not often I ‘do’ angry.’
    heated, piping, piping hot, sizzling, roasting, boiling, boiling hot, searing, scorching, scalding, red-hot
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as submodifier steaming hot
  • Extremely hot.

    • ‘She chose cream and pronounced the steaming hot beverage excellent.’
    • ‘Serve on top of steaming hot rice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.’
    • ‘The main criteria for late-night takeout is that it be spicy hot and steaming hot.’
    • ‘We chose the sticky toffee pudding, served with steaming hot custard, and banoffee tart, a delicious combination of banana and toffee flavours.’
    • ‘I think something parents could use is a shot of Christmas Cheer in the steaming hot cup of coffee you have already listed.’
    • ‘Well, he recently confessed to enjoying a regular breakfast of potatoes covered in Guinness washed down with a steaming hot mug of poteen.’
    • ‘In this same vein I cannot recommend strongly enough the sticky toffee pudding, which arrives steaming hot and dripping in butterscotch sauce.’
    • ‘I ordered them to my home and they arrived steaming hot!’
    • ‘Mr. Tuckett walked into school with his steaming hot coffee thirty-three minutes before his first class.’
    • ‘But we in Jamaica call it tea, perhaps because it's serve steaming hot.’
    • ‘But a steaming hot one with a detachable nozzle wouldn't go astray.’
    • ‘Serve on top of steaming hot jasmine rice and garnish with fresh coriander.’
    • ‘A full-scale weekend grocery shop, by myself, and copious amounts of steaming hot peppermint tea.’
    • ‘A sharp knock in the morning and steaming hot tea would wake us up to another glorious day - the sun emerging from behind mist wreathed hills.’
    • ‘A short time later, the main courses arrived, at the same time, perfectly cooked, on steaming hot plates.’
    • ‘What you do pass is a succession of stunning scenery from glittering white glaciers to jet-black beaches, steaming hot springs to foaming Arctic seas.’
    • ‘Afterwards, toast marshmallows while enjoying steaming hot chocolate or coffee.’
    • ‘He thinks, too, of pumpkin pie and fresh harvested honey and steaming hot cocoa.’
    • ‘I went on a university field trip last year, and on the first night everyone had a steaming hot roast dinner - just what was needed after a days travelling.’
    • ‘Having conquered the cold by way of a lovely steaming hot morning shower, I eventually I made it into work.’