Pronunciation Adjective

steep (comparative steeper, superlative steepest)

  1. Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical.
    a steep hill or mountain; a steep roof; a steep ascent; a steep barometric gradient
  2. (informal) expensive
    Twenty quid for a shave? That's a bit steep.
  3. (obsolete) Difficult to access; not easy reached; lofty; elevated; high.
  4. (of the rake of a ship's mast, or a car's windshield) resulting in a mast or windshield angle that strongly diverges from the perpendicular
    The steep rake of the windshield enhances the fast lines of the exterior.
Synonyms Translations Noun

steep (plural steeps)

  1. The steep side of a mountain etc.; a slope or acclivity.
    • It ended precipitously in a dark and narrow ravine, formed on the other side by an opposite mountain, the lofty steep of which was crested by a city gently rising on a gradual slope.

steep (steeps, present participle steeping; past and past participle steeped)

  1. (transitive, middle voice) To soak or wet thoroughly.
    They steep skins in a tanning solution to create leather.
    The tea is steeping.
    • In refreshing dew to steep / The little, trembling flowers.
  2. (intransitive, figurative) To imbue with something; to be deeply immersed in.
    a town steeped in history
    • The learned of the nation were steeped in Latin.
    • 1989, Black 47, Big Fellah:
      We fought against each other, two brothers steeped in blood / But I never doubted that your heart was broken in the flood / And though we had to shoot you down in golden Béal na mBláth / I always knew that Ireland lost her greatest son of all.
Translations Translations
  • French: imprégner
  • Russian: пропи́тывать
  • Spanish: imbuir
  • French: infuser
  • German: ziehen lassen (tea)
  • Russian: зава́ривать


  1. A liquid used in a steeping process
    Corn steep has many industrial uses.
  2. A rennet bag.

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