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A delayed afterbirth of all the lame subcultures spawned in the 1990's, because everything has to evolve into a trend and everyone needs to feel they can wholeheartedly ascribe to something.
"I was kicked from the Steampunk kickball team because my metallic accoutrements were more silver-colored than bronze."
by Herr Terror March 25, 2013
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(credited directly from Glenn Hetrick from Face Off 8x13)
The combination of two tlements:
Victorian or Edwardian fashion sense
Antediluvian technology

Another explanation (can't remember source, but also from Face Off) is:
High technology with a much slower energy source
So many Steampunk shows feel like society has completely fallen apart and is trying to rebuild.
by killermist May 07, 2015
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A group of 40 something virgins that seriously need to get over themselves - They ponce around with cogs, plastic guns and "rocket powered" roller skates, desperately craving the tiniest morsel of attention from anybody who will even catch them in the corner of their (non-mechanical) eye. It would be SLIGHTLY impressive (but still ridiculously pointless) if their clockwork gadgets ACTUALLY did something. But, alas, all they are managing to achieve is a BAD rip-off of the bad guys from the 'Wild Wild West' movie...on behalf of Kenneth Branagh: "CRINGE". Why don't they put their pretentious, role play, egocentric (and obviously jobless) days into doing something constructive? If they are going to continue to manufacture corrigated cardboard machine outfits, at least, MAKE SURE THEY FUNCTION!!! Wearing monacles, top-hats, badly tailored suits, penny whistles sprayed silver, pocket watches and faux rocket-packs - labelling themselves as "STEAM PUNKS" DOES NOT MAKE THEM INDIVIDUAL (Although the steam and punks are yet to be seen, unless badly accessorised Victorian Geography teacher encapsulates that description?) They have established themselves as the latest brigade of complete and utter self-indulgent tools to disgrace the music scene and need to get a grip.
Person 1: "Oh my God! They think they're out of that Will Smith movie...what utter states!!!"
Person 2: "Oh! 'Wild Wild West'?"
Person 1: "Yup!"
Person 2: "What a bunch of tits."
Person 1: "I know! When do you think they last saw a fanny?"
Person 2: "When their mothers spawned them onto this poor planet about 40 years ago!"
Person 1: "Virgin losers! I hate Steampunks!"
Person 2 (shouting at Steampunks): "GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!"
by Dan, Tink & Graham October 25, 2009
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adj. - describing someone or something that is ahead of its time.
The Beastie Boys album Paul's Boutique was straight steampunk!
by yardladdie January 03, 2012
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