- having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.
- (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant: Those prices are too steep for me.
- extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.
- high or lofty.
- a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.
Origin of steep1
Related Words for steepestarduous, precipitous, hilly, abrupt, sharp, lofty, exorbitant, excessive, dizzying, stiff, drench, bathe, immerse, suffuse, marinate, saturate, permeate, submerge, soak, infuse
Examples from the Web for steepest
Contemporary Examples of steepest
The steepest, and one of the most famous, the Bremmer “Calmont,” is 68 degrees.Germany’s Wine Revolution Is Just Getting Started
April 26, 2014
The steepest challenge is ahead—the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.Lindsey Graham Wasn't Afraid to Fight for Immigration Reform
June 28, 2013
We've begun the steepest defense build-down since the end of the Korean war, with likely effects through the whole economy.Obama's Bafflingly High Approval Rating
January 31, 2013
It's a good guess that the French-speaking population will report the steepest decline.The Dénouement of French Canada
February 11, 2012
It was the steepest one-year percentage drop since the company began collecting data in 1987.New York's Impending Real Estate Doom
November 26, 2008
Historical Examples of steepest
These let down ropes, and ladders had been hauled up the steepest places.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
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
The jar knocked Dan to the floor, pitched that moment at its steepest angle.
- having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
- (as noun)the steep
- informal (of a fee, price, demand, etc) unduly high; unreasonable (esp in the phrase that's a bit steep)
- informal excessively demanding or ambitiousa steep task
- British informal (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
- obsolete elevated
Word Origin for steep
- to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
- (tr; usually passive) to saturate; imbuesteeped in ideology
- an instance or the process of steeping or the condition of being steeped
- a liquid or solution used for the purpose of steeping something
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.