\ 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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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 Several hundred people stood in steamy heat for the ceremony in the shadow of the 630-foot-tall monument to westward expansion that sits along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 The National Weather Service said that the hot and steamy weather conditions enveloping Massachusetts Monday may generate powerful thunderstorms, especially in the center of the state, from midafternoon to about 10 p.m. Monday. John R. Ellement,, "Strong thunderstorms expected to roll through state," 18 June 2018 Chase Anderson could only shake his head afterward and wonder what might have been after just having watched the Milwaukee Brewers' offense nearly pull off a miraculous ninth-inning comeback at Miller Park on a steamy Sunday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's with the rough starts? Chase Anderson wishes he knew.," 17 June 2018 Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win record-extending 11th French Open title," 10 June 2018 Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a cloudy and steamy afternoon; the temperature was 77 degrees (24 Celsius), the humidity approached 70 percent. Howard Fendrich, Fox News, "Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets," 10 June 2018 One thing leads to another, and the pair gets hot and steamy as Cloud 9 shoppers and employees all over the world watch. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "How 'Superstore' helped make 'will they/won't they' couples fun again," 3 May 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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