[ pri-sip-i-tuhs ]
/ prɪˈsɪp ɪ təs /


of the nature of or characterized by precipices: a precipitous wall of rock.
extremely or impassably steep: precipitous mountain trails.

Origin of precipitous

1640–50; < obsolete French précipiteux; see precipitate, -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

precipitate precipitous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for precipitous


/ (prɪˈsɪpɪtəs) /


resembling a precipice or characterized by precipices
very steep
hasty or precipitate

Derived Forms

precipitously, adverbprecipitousness, noun


The use of precipitous to mean hasty is thought by some people to be incorrect
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