\ˈstē-mē \
steamier; steamiest

Definition of steamy 

1 : consisting of, characterized by, or full of steam

2 : intensely or uncomfortably hot: such as

a : hot and humid a steamy afternoon

b : sensually hot : erotic a steamy love scene

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Other Words from steamy

steamily \ ˈstē-​mə-​lē \ adverb
steaminess \ ˈstē-​mē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of steamy in a Sentence

It is 92 degrees in steamy Miami this afternoon. a steamy scene that earned the movie an R rating

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This date, complete with a soak in a hot tub after their camel ride, was quite steamy but also predictable. Lisa Bonos,, "On 'The Bachelorette,' Jordan the villain goes home but insecure Chris gets to stay," 26 June 2018 The unusually steamy weather that has afflicted San Diego County this week will be around for a couple more days, and thunderstorms could drench the inland valleys on Wednesday, National Weather Service forecasters say. Robert Krier,, "Steamy weather might include thunderstorms," 10 July 2018 Compression straps help stabilize the load, and a moisture-wicking lumbar pad helps keep your back dry during steamy hikes to remote waterfalls. Michael Calore, WIRED, "2 Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Your Anywhere Adventures," 9 July 2018 Despite a hot, steamy weekend last weekend, the snow is still staying strong. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Power Rankings: Not so peachy primaries," 9 July 2018 Several hundred people stood in steamy heat for a ceremony in the shadow of the 630-foot-tall (192-meter-tall) monument to westward expansion that sits along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project," 3 July 2018 This includes Vale, who between freelance projects and a full-time corporate gig, is the creative mind behind the steamy short filming today, titled Objectify Me. Inna Shnayder, Allure, "Why Porn-Industry Icon Erika Lust Is Inviting Female Directors to Make Their First Adult Films," 28 June 2018 Sarah — who also happens to be great at super-steamy book recommendations — recently talked to about romance's reputation as a genre and the real-life inspiration behind Lillian's situation. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Romance Novelist Sarah MacLean Explains How J.Law and the Kardashians Inspired Her New Book," 31 Aug. 2016 Not to mention, there's a *very* steamy kiss between the pair in 0:55. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "These 'Fifty Shades Freed' Bloopers of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson Goofing Off Are Gold," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of steamy

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of steamy

: full of steam or warm, moist air

: showing or relating to sex : sexually exciting


\ˈstē-mē \
steamier; steamiest

Kids Definition of steamy

1 : hot and humid a steamy day

2 : producing or covered with steam a steamy window

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