precipitous[prē sip′ə təs, pri-]
- The definition of precipitous is something very steep.
An example of precipitous is a cliff that requires climbing gear to get to the top.
- steep like a precipice; sheer
- having precipices
Origin of precipitousMiddle French precipiteux ; from Late Latin an unverified form precipitosus ; from Classical Latin praeceps: see precipice
- Resembling a precipice; extremely steep. See Synonyms at steep1.
- Having several precipices: a precipitous bluff.
- Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate: a precipitous collapse in prices. See Usage Note at precipitate.
Origin of precipitousProbably from obsolete precipitious, from Latin praecipitium, precipice; see precipice.
- Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.
- Headlong; as, precipitous fall.
- Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.