- 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.
steep definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: Middle 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
steep definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective steep·er, steep·est
- Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
- At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in salaries.
- a. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.b. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
Origin: Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap.
- steepˈly adverb
- steepˈness noun
verb steeped, steep·ing, steeps verb, transitive
- 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: Middle English stepen, perhaps of Old English origin.
- steepˈer noun