Synonyms of steam in English:


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1‘steam gushed from the spout of the kettle’

water vapour, condensation, mist, haze, fog, exhalation, moisture, dampness
rare fume, smoke

2‘he starts fast but tends to run out of steam’

energy, vigour, vigorousness, vitality, stamina, enthusiasm
momentum, impetus, power, force, strength, thrust, impulse, push, drive, driving power
speed, pace, velocity


1‘he bounced out of the car and steamed into the shop’

run, sprint, race, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind, flash, double
storm, charge, stampede, career, push, plough, swoop, dive, lunge, launch oneself, throw oneself, go headlong
jog, lope, trot, jogtrot, dogtrot
informal tear, pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps
British informal hop it, bomb, leg it
North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
informal, dated cut along
archaic post, hie



    under one's own steam

    unaided, unassisted, without help, without assistance, independently, by oneself, by one's own efforts, on one's own two feet

    with help

    steam up

    ‘glass lenses are more likely to steam up than plastic’

    mist, mist up, fog, fog up, become misted, become misty, become covered with condensation
    get steamed up

    1‘he got really steamed up about forgetting his papers’

    become agitated, get worked up, get overwrought, get flustered, panic, become panic-stricken
    informal get het up, get into a state, get into a tizzy, get uptight, get into a stew, get the willies, get the heebie-jeebies, go into a flat spin
    British informal have kittens, have an attack of the wobblies

    calm down

    2‘they get steamed up about the media’

    become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
    informal get mad, go mad, go crazy, go wild, see red, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, go non-linear, go ballistic, go psycho
    British informal go crackers, go spare, do one's nut
    North American informal flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack
    vulgar slang go apeshit
    let off steam

    give vent to one's feelings, speak one's mind, sound off, lose one's inhibitions, let oneself go
    use up energy, release surplus energy

    bottle things up