Definition of steamy in US English:



  • 1Producing, filled with, or clouded with steam.

    ‘a small steamy kitchen’
    • ‘After he took his hands from the steamy water, he washed his face with a warm, damp towel.’
    • ‘Brooke turned the water off and stepped out of the steamy shower.’
    • ‘She plugged the stopper in the drain and began to fill the tub with hot steamy water.’
    • ‘Open a window or use a fan after a steamy shower or bath to allow the humidity to escape.’
    • ‘Beads of water rolled down the steamy mirror as Melanie stepped out of the shower.’
    • ‘Sarain sat dejectedly in the warm water, staring down at its steamy surface.’
    • ‘You could go outside without your cloak now, and washing day was (thank the Lord!) again held outside, not inside the hot, steamy kitchen.’
    • ‘Leaning back on the cool white tiles I let the steamy hot water wash over me preparing myself for the life I'm about to re-enter.’
    • ‘They filled Alecaen's marbled tub with steamy water and carried her to it gently placing her down in it.’
    • ‘And men will secretly tell you that most of them are comfortable to have women whose ambitions do not venture beyond the steamy kitchen.’
    • ‘The bathroom was also getting really steamy from the hot water, so we were both sweating.’
    • ‘I sipped my water and replenished the bathtub with hot, steamy water.’
    • ‘Other suggestions for reducing mold allergies include opening a window or using a fan after taking a steamy shower or bath.’
    • ‘Once in the bathroom, I turned on the water, allowing the steamy drops to flow freely from the faucet.’
    • ‘It's very cozy and friendly, and warm, the windows are steamy from the soup cooking, and I sat in a little corner table and read my Bible.’
    • ‘He did like the steamy clouds that enveloped him, though the raining hot drops were scalding on the base of his ears.’
    • ‘The heat of their exertions is palpable, their hot breath rising in steamy clouds towards the corrugated roof.’
    • ‘She leapt into the steamy recesses of the kitchen, and within two minutes was back, a large basket slung over one arm.’
    • ‘Then I peeled away my sticky clothes and stepped under the steamy water.’
    • ‘I smile for no reason and draw a sad face on the steamy window of the bus and then quickly rub it out with my sleeve.’
    hazy, foggy, cloudy, smoggy, murky, smoky
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    1. 1.1 (of a place or its atmosphere) hot and humid.
      ‘the hot, steamy jungle’
      • ‘The straight-to-video end of the market throws up a cracker every now and then and this resonant film full of sleazy, steamy atmosphere and fine performances is a rare example.’
      • ‘It was a warm day, too, which meant that the area would become muggy and steamy once the rain cleared, and thus the slums would grow even worse.’
      • ‘What is a hostile area for some is a lush and steamy paradise for others.’
      • ‘Sweat trickles down the face of a man busking in a steamy town square.’
      • ‘Essentially, they were in their own little humid, steamy room.’
      • ‘The problem is, this part of the world seems to have gone into a holding pattern, glued into place by steamy days and sweltering nights that make anything but passive observation seem too athletic.’
      • ‘Jeans, T-shirt, Jacket all wet with the salty liquid, soggy with no clear way of drying himself out in this atmosphere, humid and steamy.’
      • ‘Ironically, the medicine cabinet in a steamy, moist bathroom is not the best place to keep any medication - prescription or otherwise.’
      • ‘Seychelles is much more than a honeymoon destination, it is a vibrant, passionate, steamy place with all manner of cultural quirks.’
      • ‘It is a place like no other on Earth, where the Andes meet the Amazon, and icy peaks plunge straight down to steamy jungles.’
      • ‘Visitors will experience a distinctly South American atmosphere and setting as they pass through steamy jungles where Mayan temples and carvings will form backdrops to the exotic creatures on display.’
      • ‘Rain was pouring down on the steamy pavement and dripping off the edges of the rickety roofs.’
      • ‘In this week's steamy atmosphere, Aquarian Mercury's hothouse ideas and concepts might seem unusually exciting.’
      • ‘Temperatures inside this biome can reach 28 degrees Celsius but there is a cloakroom to shed your coats and a cool room for those who find the steamy atmosphere uncomfortable.’
      • ‘A Kendal nurse is learning to treat snakebites and avoid malaria as part of his preparation for a trip to the steamy jungles of South-East Asia.’
      • ‘Besides noticing the scenery en route you'll also notice how you've gone from the decidedly cool, damp climate of the cloud forest to the typically hot and steamy atmosphere of the coast.’
      • ‘In New Jersey it isn't unusual for mid-September mornings to turn summer-like, but real summer occurs in July when it gets so hot that the tar blisters on the steamy streets.’
      • ‘In the streets of the steamy capital, lifelike effigies of the 62-year-old former guerrilla leader are paraded around by supporters seeking votes.’
      • ‘What better satisfaction that downing a frosty can of export lager after battling homeward through the A-roads of the steamy English countryside?’
      • ‘Inside, the place was steamy and warm, filled with European trekkers, hippies, and mountaineers eating large portions of food.’
      humid, muggy, sticky, dripping, moist, damp, clammy, sultry, sweltering, boiling, sweaty, steaming, like a turkish bath, like a sauna
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    2. 1.2informal Depicting or involving erotic sexual activity.
      ‘steamy sex scenes’
      ‘a steamy affair’
      • ‘Just because someone enjoys flirting, it doesn't mean they're about to embark on a steamy affair.’
      • ‘Having your partner groom your naughty parts with you is a highly erotic activity that will inevitably lead to steamy hot sex.’
      • ‘But instead of a steamy sex farce or wanton display of ample island flesh, nothing happens.’
      • ‘Those expecting fiery discourses or steamy passions had best look elsewhere; this is a warm, affectionate, personal look at Lewis and Gresham.’
      • ‘Along the way Cheryl bickers with her best friend Tamara, has a steamy affair, and cons her way into the lives of those who knew the elusive Fae.’
      • ‘With engaging actors, steamy sex, a hyperactive stream of mostly witty dialogue, and a core of emotional weight, Leaving Metropolis is well worth the time you give it.’
      • ‘Jay asked Mr. Carter to read the steamy sex scene from the book.’
      • ‘His previous love, southern belle Elizabeth Candlin, often used the word during their steamy and passionate relationship.’
      • ‘She's not talking about the film's steamy sex scenes.’
      • ‘A Royton actor's steamy sex scenes look set to stretch the boundaries of UK cinema.’
      • ‘Few flowers ignite such hot and steamy passion as orchids seem to.’
      • ‘Gorgeous models he met through the magazine, high priced call girls with sophisticated sexual prowess he had brought them all to the seclusion of his apartment for a steamy evening of sex.’
      • ‘So I hear there's a steamy make out scene in the movie.’
      • ‘Trent had wanted to know whether or not it had been Ally who'd be involved in a steamy and quite memorable sex scene.’
      • ‘He thus tasked himself to extraction from what was not, oddly enough, a torrid steamy love affair with an accountant.’
      • ‘And above all this, the movie is just steamy hot with sex.’
      • ‘It has been claimed by a national newspaper that the notes were ‘passionate, steamy and suggestive’.’
      • ‘And for the voyeurs, Tessa's steamy shower scene is shocking for TV fare.’
      • ‘Said Victoria of their hot and steamy session: ‘We were all over each other.’’
      • ‘Pressing his lips to hers, the two shared a steamy and passionate moment, minds becoming drunk with the seductive taste of each other.’
      erotic, sexy, sexually explicit, suggestive, racy, risqué, provocative, spicy, juicy, bawdy, ribald, uninhibited, unrestrained, earthy
      passionate, torrid, amorous, ardent, loving, hot-blooded, sexy, lustful, erotic
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