adjective, steep·er, steep·est.
- steen, jan,
- steeple cup,
Origin of steep1
Examples from the Web for steepest
The steepest, and one of the most famous, the Bremmer “Calmont,” is 68 degrees.
The steepest challenge is ahead—the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.Lindsey Graham Wasn't Afraid to Fight for Immigration Reform|John Avlon|June 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We've begun the steepest defense build-down since the end of the Korean war, with likely effects through the whole economy.
It's a good guess that the French-speaking population will report the steepest decline.
It was the steepest one-year percentage drop since the company began collecting data in 1987.
But they got on, inch by inch, until the steepest part was behind them.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
From that point for a mile it is one of the steepest trails I have ever traveled.Mount Rainier|Various
Here water can do little in wearing away the soil, even upon the steepest slopes, while the wind cannot get a peep at the earth.Conservation Reader|Harold W. Fairbanks
We endeavoured to descend on the south side, which was the steepest, and where rocks were piled on rocks.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
Gonerby Hill was reputed the steepest bit between London and Edinburgh.The Great North Road: London to York|Charles G. Harper
- 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.