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steep1

[steep] /stip/
adjective, steeper, steepest.
1.
having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
2.
(of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant:
Those prices are too steep for me.
3.
extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
4.
high or lofty.
noun
5.
a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.
Origin of steep1
900
before 900; Middle English stepe (adj.), Old English stēap; akin to stoop1
Related forms
steeply, adverb
steepness, noun

steep2

[steep] /stip/
verb (used with object)
1.
to soak in water or other liquid, as to soften, cleanse, or extract some constituent:
to steep tea in boiling-hot water; to steep reeds for basket weaving.
2.
to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid; drench; saturate; imbue.
3.
to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency:
an incident steeped in mystery.
verb (used without object)
4.
to lie soaking in a liquid.
noun
5.
the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
6.
a liquid in which something is steeped.
Origin
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English stepen < ?; compare Swedish stöpa; (noun) late Middle English stepe, derivative of the v.
Related forms
steeper, noun
unsteeped, adjective
Synonyms
1. infuse. 2. permeate. 3. bury, engulf.
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Examples from the Web for steep
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  • "I've got one down the Laughing Brook where the bank is steep," said he.

  • But on the first steep côte beyond the village, the inevitable happened.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • As I had come from above, at a steep angle, I had soon overtaken him.

  • The chauffeur threw the little cab up the steep turn with a rush.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • The wounded buffalo ran on to the border of the next marsh, and, in attempting to cross, fell headlong down the steep bank.

    Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for steep

steep1

/stiːp/
adjective
1.
  1. having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
  2. (as noun): the steep
2.
(informal) (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
3.
(informal) excessively demanding or ambitious: a steep task
4.
(Brit, informal) (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
5.
(obsolete) elevated
Derived Forms
steeply, adverb
steepness, noun
Word Origin
Old English steap; related to Old Frisian stāp, Old High German stouf cliff, Old Norse staup

steep2

/stiːp/
verb
1.
to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to saturate; imbue: steeped in ideology
noun
3.
an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
4.
a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
Derived Forms
steeper, noun
Word Origin
Old English stēpan; related to steap vessel, cup, Old High German stouf, Old Norse staup, Middle Dutch stōp
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Word Origin and History for steep
adj.

"having a sharp slope," Old English steap "high, lofty," from Proto-Germanic *staupaz (cf. Old Frisian stap, Middle High German *stouf), from PIE *steup- "to push, stick, knock, beat," with derivations referring to projecting objects (cf. Greek typtein "to strike," typos "a blow, mold, die;" Sanskrit tup- "harm," tundate "pushes, stabs;" Gothic stautan "push;" Old Norse stuttr "short"). The sense of "precipitous" is from c.1200. The slang sense "at a high price" is a U.S. coinage first attested 1856. Related: Steeply; steepness.

v.

"to soak in a liquid," late 14c., of uncertain origin, originally in reference to barley or malt, probably cognate with Old Norse steypa "to pour out, throw" (or an unrecorded Old English cognate), from Proto-Germanic *staupijanan. Related: Steeped; steeping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for steep

steep

adjective

Expensive: steep prices

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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