A family climbing a steep cliff.
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 Webster'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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.