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[steep] /stip/
adjective, steeper, steepest.
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
before 900; Middle English stepe (adj.), Old English stēap; akin to stoop1
Related forms
steeply, adverb
steepness, noun Unabridged
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  • You come steeply up to it, and, leaving it, rise as steeply as before.

  • Then he plunged down the steeply inclined trough after Fuller.

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
  • He had never surveyed the barn roof closely, but he knew that it was steeply pitched.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Daylight disclosed a steeply sloping beach, scarred with ravines.

  • These, lashed together, were lowered into the hole and allowed to rest upon the steeply sloping sides.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • It flowed through a grassy hollow, with steeply sloping sides.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • He turned, and they walked down the steeply sloping street for several minutes in silence.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • The banks were steeply cut and the old pole bridge was rotten.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • Snowslides moved on hundreds of steeply pitched slopes, and fed sudden rivulets into freshet roarings.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for steeply


  1. having or being a slope or gradient approaching the perpendicular
  2. (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 ambitious: a steep task
(Brit, informal) (of a statement) extreme or far-fetched
(obsolete) elevated
Derived Forms
steeply, adverb
steepness, noun
Word Origin
Old English steap; related to Old Frisian stāp, Old High German stouf cliff, Old Norse staup


to soak or be soaked in a liquid in order to soften, cleanse, extract an element, etc
(transitive; usually passive) to saturate; imbue: steeped 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
Derived Forms
steeper, 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 steeply



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for steeply

steam was coming out of someone's ears


He or she was or is very angry: Houk was red-faced with anger. Steam was coming out of his ears (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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