Etymology
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steamy (adj.)

1640s, "vaporous, misty, abounding in steam," from steam + -y (2); in the sense of "erotic, sexy," it is first recorded 1952. Related: Steamily; steaminess.

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Definitions of steamy

steamy (adj.)
feeling great sexual desire;
Synonyms: aroused / horny / randy / ruttish / turned on
steamy (adj.)
filled with steam or emitting moisture in the form of vapor or mist;
steamy towels
Synonyms: steaming
steamy (adj.)
hot or warm and humid;
the steamy tropics
Synonyms: muggy / sticky
From wordnet.princeton.edu