- having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
- (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant: Those prices are too steep for me.
- extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
- high or lofty.
- a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.
Origin of steep1
- 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.
- to wet thoroughly in or with a liquid; drench; saturate; imbue.
- to immerse in or saturate or imbue with some pervading, absorbing, or stupefying influence or agency: an incident steeped in mystery.
- to lie soaking in a liquid.
- the act or process of steeping or the state of being steeped.
- a liquid in which something is steeped.
Origin of steep2
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Examples from the Web for steep
Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
December 19, 2014
But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
In Sierra Leone, the WHO report reads, “steep increases persist.”Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
Sure, some churches are expanding, but overall, your way of life is in steep decline.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
We gazed on a residential area of box-like homes stacked on top of one another on a steep hillside.Mass Murder in the Holy City
November 18, 2014
He lighted the lantern, and Hal Dozier went down the steep steps, humming.Way of the Lawless
The banks of the river were steep, and consisted of soft clay.
The banks of the watercourse were steep, the bottom was sandy.
Immediately to the south rises the steep ridge known as the Chevin.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Without waiting to plan, I began to climb down the steep side of the ravine.The Trail Book
- having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
- (as noun)the steep
- informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
- informal excessively demanding or ambitiousa steep task
- British informal (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
- obsolete elevated
- to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
- (tr; usually passive) to saturate; imbuesteeped in ideology
- an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
- a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
Word Origin and History for steep
"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.
"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.