Definition of steampunk in English:



  • 1A 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’
    • ‘It wasn't really so much through the literature at first, although some of these steampunk novels are very popular.’
    • ‘But in terms of their reading audience, they seem to be maintaining the reading audience for steampunk on the internet.’
    • ‘I knew about Railway Spine via Gibson & Sterling's excellent steampunk novel, The Difference Engine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There being relatively few of them in videogames is, I think, probably due to there being hardly any steampunk films, or steampunk novels.’
    • ‘I think the first question there is how you define "pure" steampunk.’
    • ‘In other cases, steampunk envisions a historical world that has modern elements.’
    • ‘Steam punk is a sub-genre of science fiction.’
    • ‘The steampunk genre has certainly been better handled in the past, but it's never looked better than it does in Steamboy.’
    • ‘And in your introduction to your anthology, which includes non-fiction articles as well, you say steampunk is part of the mainstream.’
    • ‘Your anthology includes writers from various countries, including Australia, but of course steampunk is essentially English, I guess.’
    • ‘It's a mish-mash of many different ideas, but that's what makes steampunk so appealing.’
    • ‘It's a novel that's more gothic than steampunk.’
    • ‘Much of it takes place in a "fantasy London" where people dress like steampunk superheroes.’
    • ‘Dungeon Siege had some elements of steampunk in it, namely the robotic goblins.’
    • ‘I posed a question a week or so ago about steampunk, and polled for interest in a steampunk reading challenge.’
    • ‘That kind of retro novel is known as steam punk.’
    • ‘I'm sure that there are a lot of anime and manga that existed prior to this current resurgence that included steampunk elements.’
    1. 1.1A 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] ‘steampunk costumes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The award-winning chef shares his new spin on classic comfort food and cocktails that's emerged in his latest Las Vegas steampunk restaurant.’
      • ‘I'm a little vague on why tiny little hats and goggles are a requirement for steampunk, but apparently they are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The actors tear away parts of their costumes, transforming the look into distressed steampunk.’
      • ‘His latest creation is the "Aetheria Circumducitur", a steampunk lamp housed in a spinning brass cage.’
      • ‘I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but I do enjoy the makeshift weaponry that they create for the style.’
      • ‘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.’