steamy 1640s, from STEAM (Cf. steam) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2); in the sense of "erotic, sexy," it is first recorded 1952.

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  • Steamy — Steam y ( [y^]), a. 1. Consisting of, or resembling, steam; vaporous; misty. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Emitting steam; full of steam. [PJC] 3. Erotic; consisting of or depicting passionate sexual activity; as, a steamy love affair; the steamy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steamy — ► ADJECTIVE (steamier, steamiest) 1) producing, filled with, or clouded with steam. 2) hot and humid. 3) informal of or involving passionate sexual activity. DERIVATIVES steamily adverb steaminess noun …   English terms dictionary

  • steamy — [stēm′ē] adj. steamier, steamiest 1. of or like steam 2. covered or filled with steam 3. giving off steam or steamlike vapor 4. Slang erotic steamily adv. steaminess n …   English World dictionary

  • steamy — [[t]sti͟ːmi[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Steamy means involving exciting sex. [INFORMAL] ...a steamy thriller set in France... He d had a steamy affair with an office colleague. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A steamy place has hot, wet air. ...a… …   English dictionary

  • steamy — steam|y [ˈsti:mi] adj 1.) full of steam or covered in steam ▪ steamy windows 2.) sexually exciting and slightly shocking ▪ a steamy love scene 3.) a steamy day or steamy weather feels hot and ↑humid …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • steamy — adjective 1) the steamy jungle Syn: humid, muggy, sticky, dripping, moist, damp, clammy, sultry, sweaty, steaming 2) informal a steamy love scene See erotic 3) informal …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • steamy — UK [ˈstiːmɪ] / US [ˈstɪmɪ] adjective Word forms steamy : adjective steamy comparative steamier superlative steamiest 1) very hot and often full of steam 2) informal sexually exciting a steamy love scene …   English dictionary

  • steamy — mod. lewd; sensuous; passionate. □ They cut a couple of steamy scenes out of the movie because of complaints. □ Hank and Bess were having a steamy session on the couch. □ The session was really steamy …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • steamy — adjective (steamier; est) Date: 1565 1. consisting of, characterized by, or full of steam 2. intensely or uncomfortably hot: as a. hot and humid < a steamy afternoon > b. sensually hot ; erotic < a steamy love scene > • steamily …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • steamy — adjective a) warm and humid; full of steam My glasses fogged up when I walked into the steamy room. b) erotic Her latest novel was very steamy, but still managed to top the charts …   Wiktionary

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