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steep1

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adjective, steep·er, steep·est.
  1. having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
  2. (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant: Those prices are too steep for me.
  3. extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
  4. high or lofty.
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noun
  1. a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.
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Origin of steep1

before 900; Middle English stepe (adj.), Old English stēap; akin to stoop1
Related formssteep·ly, adverbsteep·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for steepest

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Historical Examples

  • These let down ropes, and ladders had been hauled up the steepest places.

  • Think of the fools who climb the highest and steepest mountains just for sport.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • We were just over the brow of this hill, where the grade is steepest, when the trouble began.

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Surely it is the deepest, the steepest, and the greenest cleugh that is shone on by the sun!

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • The jar knocked Dan to the floor, pitched that moment at its steepest angle.


British Dictionary definitions for steepest

steep1

adjective
    1. having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
    2. (as noun)the steep
  1. informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
  2. informal excessively demanding or ambitiousa steep task
  3. British informal (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
  4. obsolete elevated
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Derived Formssteeply, adverbsteepness, noun

Word Origin

Old English steap; related to Old Frisian stāp, Old High German stouf cliff, Old Norse staup

steep2

verb
  1. to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
  2. (tr; usually passive) to saturate; imbuesteeped in ideology
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noun
  1. an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
  2. a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
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Derived Formssteeper, noun

Word Origin

Old English stēpan; related to steap vessel, cup, Old High German stouf, Old Norse staup, Middle Dutch stōp
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Word Origin and History for steepest

steep

adj.

"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.

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steep

v.

"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.

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