Webster 1913 Edition



A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
A steam fire engine. See under
A road locomotive for use on common roads, as in agricultural operations.
A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, in cookery, and in various processes of manufacture.
The steamer duck.
Steamer duck
a sea duck (
Tachyeres cinereus
), native of Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, which swims and dives with great agility, but which, when full grown, is incapable of flight, owing to its very small wings. Called also
race horse
, and
side-wheel duck

Definition 2022




Two types of steamer (cooking appliance)


steamer (plural steamers)

  1. (cooking) A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
  2. (Discuss(+) this sense) A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, and in various processes of manufacture.
  3. (steamship): A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
  4. A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
  5. A wetsuit which has long sleeves and long legs.
  6. A dish of steamed clams.
  7. Any species of the duck genus Tachyeres, of which all four species occur in South America, and three are flightless.
  8. (Australia, food, obsolete) A food made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot, with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices; popular circa 1850 but apparently no longer so by the 1900s.
    • a. 1864, “Melville”, Australia, quoted in 1864, Edward Abbott, The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as Well as for the ‘Upper Ten Thousand’, London, in turn quoted in 1998, Colin Bannerman, et al., Acquired Tastes: Celebrating Australia′s Culinary History, National Library of Australia (publisher), ISBN 0-642-10693-2, page 14,
      Of all the dishes ever brought to table, nothing equals that of the steamer.
  9. (obsolete) A steam fire engine, a fire engine consisting of a steam boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine, combined and mounted on wheels (Webster 1913).
  10. (horse racing) A horse whose odds are decreasing (becoming shorter) because bettors are backing it.
  11. Short for steamer trunk.
  12. (Britain, crime, slang) Member of a youth gang who engages in robbing and escaping as a large group.
  13. (Britain, sex, slang) Oral sex performed on a man.
  14. (Britain, slang) A homosexual man with a preference for passive partners.
  15. (Britain, crime, slang) A prostitute's client.
  16. (US, gambling, slang) A gambler who increases a wager after losing.
  17. (Britain, Scotland, slang) A drinking session.
  18. A babycino (frothy milk drink).


  • (homosexual man): see Wikisaurus:male homosexual
  • (prostitute's client): see Wikisaurus:prostitute's client
  • (drinking session): bender, binge, carouse, piss-up

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steamer m (plural steamers)

  1. (nautical) steamer, steamboat