• (RP) IPA: /ˈstiːmə(ɹ)/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈstimɚ/

steamer (plural steamers)

  1. A device or object#Noun|object that work#Verb|works by the operation of steam#Noun|steam.
    1. A vessel in which articles are subject#Verb|subjected to the action of steam, as in washing and in various process#Noun|processes of manufacture#Noun|manufacture.
    2. (cookware) A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
    3. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, that is, a steam boiler and engine driving a pump#Noun|pump, which are all mount#Verb|mounted on wheel#Noun|wheels.
  2. A mode of transportation propelled by steam.
    1. (rail transport) A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
    2. (nautical) A vessel propelled by steam; a steamboat or steamship.
      • 1859 January 6, “English and Amer[i]can navies”, in The Olney Times (reprinted from the New York Herald), volume 3, number 27 (number 130 overall), Olney, Ill.: William F. Beck, OCLC 23245310, page 1, column 6 ↗:
        Her gunboat fleet alone is composed of one hundred and sixty-one small steamers, of the efficiency of which for war purports naval critics have formed a high estimate.
  3. 1918, Edith Wharton, chapter I, in The Marne, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton and Company, OCLC 297181 ↗, page 1 ↗:
    Every since the age of six Troy Belknap of New York had embarked for Europe every June on the fastest steamer of one of the most expensive lines. With his family he had descended at the dock from a large noiseless motor, had kissed his father good-bye, turned back to shake hands with the chauffeur (a particular friend), and trotted up the gang-plank behind his mother's maid, [...]
  4. Clipping of steamer trunk#English|steamer trunk.
  5. A babycino (frothy milk#Noun|milk drink#Noun|drink).
  6. A wetsuit with long sleeves and legs.
  7. The name of various animals.
    1. The soft-shell clam, sand gaper, or long-neck clam (Mya arenaria), an edible saltwater clam#Noun|clam; specifically the clam when steam#Verb|steamed for eating#Noun|eating.
    2. A steamer duck: any of the four species of the duck#Noun|duck genus Tachyeres which are all found in South America, three of which are flightless.
  8. (horse racing) A racehorse the odds of which are becoming shorter (that is, decreasing) because bettors are back#Verb|backing it.
  9. (Britain, slang) An act of fellatio.
  10. (Britain, crime, slang) A member of a youth#Adjective|youth gang who engages in steaming#Noun|steaming (robbing and escaping in a large group).
  11. (Britain, Scotland, slang) A drinking session.
  12. (Australia, obsolete) A dish#Noun|dish made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot#Noun|pot with a minimum of flavouring#Noun|flavourings, allowing it to steam#Verb|steam in its own juice#Noun|juices; specifically such a dish made with kangaroo meat. [circa2 1850 – 1900s.]
Synonyms Translations
  • German: Dampfer
  • Italian: vaporetto, battello a vapore
  • Portuguese: caldeira de vapor
  • Russian: отпа́риватель
  • French: marmite à vapeur, cuit-vapeur
  • German: Dampfkochtopf, Dampftopf
  • Portuguese: panela a vapor
  • Russian: парова́рка
  • Spanish: vaporera, olla vaporera
  • Portuguese: locomotiva a vapor, maria-fumaça
  • Russian: локомоби́ль
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: pato-vapor

steamer (steamers, present participle steamering; past and past participle steamered)

  1. (intransitive) To travel by steamer.

steamer (plural steamers)

  1. (Britain, slang) A mug#Noun|mug.
    1. A gullible or easily cheat#Verb|cheated person.
    2. A stupid or contemptible person.
  2. (Britain, slang) A homosexual man with a preference for passive partner#Noun|partners.
  3. (Britain, slang) A prostitute#Noun|prostitute's client.
  4. (US, slang) a gambler who increases a wager after losing.

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