Variant of steep
- 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 inch(es) 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
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