Synonyms of steam in English:


See definition of steam


1‘steam gushed from the spout of the kettle’


water vapour, condensation, mist, haze, fog, exhalation, moisture, dampness

rare fume, smoke

2‘he starts fast but tends to run out of steam’


energy, vigour, vigorousness, vitality, stamina, enthusiasm

momentum, impetus, power, force, strength, thrust, impulse, push, drive, driving power

speed, pace, velocity


1‘he bounced out of the car and steamed into the shop’


run, sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double

storm, charge, stampede, career, push, plough, swoop, dive, lunge, launch oneself, throw oneself, go headlong

jog, lope, trot, jogtrot, dogtrot

tear, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps

British hop it, bomb

North American boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out

dated cut along

archaic post, hie




    let off steam


      give vent to one's feelings, speak one's mind, sound off, lose one's inhibitions, let oneself go

      use up energy, release surplus energy


      bottle things up

    under one's own steam


      unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, independently, by oneself, by one's own efforts, on one's own two feet


      with help

    get steamed up

      1‘he got really steamed up about forgetting his papers’


      become agitated, get worked up, get overwrought, get flustered, panic, become panic-stricken

      get het up, get into a state, get into a tizzy, get uptight, get into a stew, get the willies, get the heebie-jeebies, go into a flat spin


      have kittens, have an attack of the wobblies


      calm down

      2‘they get steamed up about the media’


      become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper

      get mad, go mad, go crazy, go wild, see red, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, go non-linear, go ballistic, go psycho


      go crackers, go spare, do one's nut

      North American

      flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack

      vulgar slang

      go apeshit

    steam up

      ‘glass lenses are more likely to steam up than plastic’


      mist, mist up, fog, fog up, become misted, become misty, become covered with condensation