steep


1steep

adjective \ˈstēp\

: almost straight up and down : rising or falling very sharply

: going up or down very quickly

: very high

Full Definition of STEEP

1
:  lofty, high —used chiefly of a sea
2
:  making a large angle with the plane of the horizon
3
a :  mounting or falling precipitously <the stairs were very steep>
b :  being or characterized by a rapid and intensive decline or increase
4
:  extremely or excessively high <steep prices>
steep·ish \ˈstē-pish\ adjective
steep·ly adverb
steep·ness noun

Examples of STEEP

  1. The stairs are very steep.
  2. a steep drop in prices
  3. The store's prices are too steep for me.
  4. Their rates are pretty steep.

Origin of STEEP

Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap high, steep, deep; akin to OldFrisian stāp steep, Middle High German stief — more at stoop
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of STEEP

steep, abrupt, precipitous, sheer mean having an incline approaching the perpendicular. steep implies such sharpness of pitch that ascent or descent is very difficult <a steep hill> <a steep dive>. abrupt implies a sharper pitch and a sudden break in the level <a beach with an abrupt drop-off>. precipitous applies to an incline approaching the vertical <the river winds through a precipitous gorge>. sheer suggests an unbroken perpendicular expanse <sheer cliffs that daunted the climbers>.

2steep

noun

Definition of STEEP

:  a precipitous place

First Known Use of STEEP

1555

3steep

verb

: to put (something) in a liquid for a period of time

Full Definition of STEEP

transitive verb
1
:  to soak in a liquid at a temperature under the boiling point (as for softening, bleaching, or extracting an essence)
2
:  to cover with or plunge into a liquid (as in bathing, rinsing, or soaking)
3
:  to saturate with or subject thoroughly to (some strong or pervading influence) <practices steeped in tradition>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo the process of soaking in a liquid
steep·er noun

Examples of STEEP

  1. Steep the tea for three minutes.
  2. The tea steeped for five minutes.

Origin of STEEP

Middle English stepen
First Known Use: 14th century

4steep

noun

Definition of STEEP

1
:  the state or process of being steeped
2
:  a bath or solution in which something is steeped

First Known Use of STEEP

15th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: steepdown
Previous Word in the Dictionary: steentjie
All Words Near: steep

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up steep? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).