adjective, steep·er, steep·est.
- steen, jan,
- steeple cup,
Origin of steep1
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of steep2
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.
But just up the steep river bank and through the brush is an opening.
In Sierra Leone, the WHO report reads, “steep increases persist.”Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families|Abby Haglage|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sure, some churches are expanding, but overall, your way of life is in steep decline.
We gazed on a residential area of box-like homes stacked on top of one another on a steep hillside.
They would even come out and seat themselves on the point of a steep rock by the wayside.The Chinese Fairy Book|Various
The banks on each side were high and steep, making it far from an ideal fording place.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas|Frank Gee Patchin
One mile from New Harmony, we were forced to alight from the carriage, as the horses would not draw us up a steep hill.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
We set out in silence, and having descended a steep path, we stopped at the water's edge and crossed swords.Marie|Alexander Pushkin
Every march was a succession of steep ascents and then equally steep descents into narrow valleys.My Experiences in Manipur and the Naga Hills|James Johnstone
- having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
- (as noun)the steep
Word Origin for steep
Word Origin 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.