downhill

[ adverb, adjective doun-hil; noun doun-hil ]
/ adverb, adjective ˈdaʊnˈhɪl; noun ˈdaʊnˌhɪl /

adverb

down the slope of a hill; downward.
into a worse or inferior condition: The business has been going downhill.

adjective

going or tending downward on or as on a hill.
free of problems or obstacles; easy: After the initial setbacks on the project, it was downhill all the way.
of or relating to skiing downhill.

noun

a timed ski race on a steep slope in which competitors take the most direct route to the finish line following a course with relatively few turns and attaining very high speeds.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. downgrade,
  2. downgrowth,
  3. downhaul,
  4. downhearted,
  5. downheartedly,
  6. downhill all the way,
  7. downhill skiing,
  8. downhiller,
  9. downhold,
  10. downhole

Compare slalom.

Origin of downhill

First recorded in 1585–95; down1 + hill

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British Dictionary definitions for downhill

downhill

/ (ˈdaʊnˈhɪl) /

adjective

going or sloping down

adverb

towards the bottom of a hill; downwards
go downhill informal to decline; deteriorate

noun

the downward slope of a hill; descent
a competitive event in which skiers are timed in a downhill run
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Word Origin and History for downhill

downhill

1590s (n.); 1650s (adv.), 1727 (adj.), from down (adv.) + hill. Meaning "a downhill skiing race" is from 1960.

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