- The definition of steep is having an almost vertical incline.
An example of steep is a set of stairs with high steps.
- Steep is defined as a place that has an almost vertical incline.
An example of steep is a flight of stairs going almost straight up.
- Steep means to soak in liquid.
An example of steep is to place a teabag in hot water.
- having a sharp rise or highly inclined slope; precipitous: a steep incline
- unreasonably high or great; exorbitant; excessive: steep demands, a steep price
- extreme; exaggerated: a rather steep statement
- Obs. high; lofty
Origin of steepMiddle English from Old English steap, lofty, high, akin to Old Frisian steep, Middle High German stouf, cliff (as in German Hohenstaufen) from Indo-European an unverified form steup- from base an unverified form (s)teu-, to strike, butt from source stock, stub, Classical Latin tundere, to strike
- to soak in liquid, so as to soften, clean, extract the essence of, etc.
- to immerse, saturate, absorb, or imbue: steeped in folklore
Origin of steepMiddle English stepen, akin to Old Norse steypa, to overturn, cast (metals), plunge into: for probably Indo-European base see steep
- a steeping or being steeped
- liquid in which something is steeped
- Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
- At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in imports.
- a. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.b. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
Origin of steepMiddle English stepe from Old English stēap
verbsteeped, steep·ing, steeps
- To immerse in liquid for a period of time, as to cleanse, treat, or extract a given property from: steeped the cloth in red dye; steeped the tea bag in boiling water.
- To involve or preoccupy thoroughly; immerse: As a child, she steeped herself in adventure stories.
- To make thoroughly wet; saturate.
- a. The act or process of steeping.b. The state of being steeped.
- A liquid, bath, or solution in which something is steeped.
Origin of steepMiddle English stepen perhaps from Old English stīepan Swedish stöpa and Danish støbe to soak (barley for malting), cast (metal) from Germanic staupjan probably denominative verb from staupan a kind of vessel for liquids ( also the source of Old Norse staup cup ; see stoup . )
(comparative steeper, superlative steepest)
Old English stÄ“ap (“high"), from Proto-Germanic *staupaz (compare Old Frisian stap, Middle High German *stouf), from Proto-Indo-European *steup- (“to push, stick"). The Proto-Indo-European root (related) has many and varied descendants, including English stub; compare also Scots stap (“to strike, to forcibly insert").
The sense of “sharp slope" is attested circa 1200; the sense “expensive" is attested US 1856.
(third-person singular simple present steeps, present participle steeping, simple past and past participle steeped)
- (intransitive) To soak an item (to be soaked) in liquid in order to gradually add or remove components to or from the item
- They steep skins in a tanning solution to create leather.
- The tea is steeping.
- (intransitive) To imbue with something.
- a town steeped in history
- To make tea (other beverage) by placing leaves in hot water.
(countable and uncountable, plural steeps)
- A liquid used in a steeping process
- Corn steep has many industrial uses.
- A rennet bag.
From Middle English stepen, from Old Norse steypa (“to make stoop, cast down, pour out, cast (metal)") , from Proto-Germanic *staupijanÄ… (“to tumble, make tumble, plunge"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb- (“to push, hit"). Cognate with Danish stÃ¸be (“cast (metal)"), Norwegian stÃ¸pe, stÃ¸ype, Swedish stÃ¶pa (“to found, cast (metal)"), Old English stÅ«pian (“to stoop, bend the back, slope"). More at stoop.