- 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
- Obsolete 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 soak in liquid in order to cleanse, soften, or extract a given property from.
- To infuse or subject thoroughly to.
- 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 of Old English origin.
(comparative steeper, superlative steepest)
Old English stēap (“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 *staupijaną (“to tumble, make tumble, plunge”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb- (“to push, hit”). Cognate with Danish støbe (“cast (metal)”), Norwegian støpe, støype, Swedish stöpa (“to found, cast (metal)”), Old English stūpian (“to stoop, bend the back, slope”). More at stoop.