adjective, steep·er, steep·est.
- steen, jan,
- steeple cup,
Origin of steep1
Examples from the Web for steeper
Which is lucky: we can see the gaps in the disk more clearly than if the disk were at a steeper angle.
That would be a steeper deficit reduction than occurred during the booming 1990s.America's Political Elite are Dangerously Out of Touch|David Frum|February 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But when little bounce resulted, the path toward a third reincarnation of his campaign is becoming steeper and steeper.
While polls show Romney and Obama competitive in the fall, the Election Oracle suggests a steeper climb for Romney.
Solution: Romney needs to offer bigger tax cuts for the rich and steeper benefit cuts for the young.
The steeper the slope of the bell, the thinner may be the abacus.The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)|John Ruskin
The northern mounds are more clearly defined, with steeper sides, smaller summits, and base lines easily distinguishable.The Maya Indians of Southern Yucatan and Northern British Honduras|Thomas William Francis Gann
Rougher and steeper grew the ascent; more and more the Indians cowered, huddling together in rear of the soldiers.Starlight Ranch|Charles King
The path, steeper and steeper, led through a grove of larches, and here little Anton must again rest.Top of the World Stories for Boys and Girls|Emilie Poulsson
He had entered upon a career of great promise when the current of his life quickened like that of a river come to a steeper grade.In the Days of Poor Richard|Irving Bacheller
- 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.