Origin of cliffMiddle English and Old English clif from Indo-European an unverified form gleibh-, to adhere, be attached from base an unverified form glei- (see clay): basic sense probably “slippery, smooth rock”
A hiker stands on top of a cliff.
The definition of a cliff is a high steep or overhanging face of rock.
An example of a cliff is the edge looking down into the Grand Canyon.
A high, steep, or overhanging face of rock.
Origin of cliffMiddle English clif from Old English
Old English clif.
- (music) Obsolete form of clef.
- The car slid off the cliff before I got back.
- They reached the cliff before the first arrows fell.
- On one side was a massive rock cliff covered with green moss.
- Her gaze lifted to the top of the cliff on her right.
- She swung the boulder up, ducking as it slapped the side of the cliff just short of the ledge and fell back to her.