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Dictionary Definition

steep adj
1 having a sharp inclination; "the steep attic stairs"; "steep cliffs" [ant: gradual]
2 greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usorious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending" [syn: exorbitant, extortionate, outrageous, unconscionable, usurious]
3 of a slope; set at a high angle; "note the steep incline"; "a steep roof sheds snow" n : a steep place (as on a hill)


1 engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies" [syn: immerse, engulf, plunge, engross, absorb, soak up]
2 let sit in a liquid to extract a flavor or to cleanse; "steep the blossoms in oil"; "steep the fruit in alcohol" [syn: infuse]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /stiːp/, /sti:p/
  • Rhymes: -iːp

Etymology 1



en-adj er
  1. Of a near-vertical gradient; of a slope, surface, curve, etc. that proceeds upward at an angle near vertical.
  2. expensive
    That's a bit steep.

Etymology 2



  1. To soak an item (or to be soaked) in liquid in order to gradually add or remove ingredients to or from the item
    Skins are steeped in a tanning solution to create leather
  2. To be imbued with an abstract quality
    A town steeped in history
  3. To make tea (or other beverage) by placing leaves in hot water.
To soak an item in liquid
To be imbued with an abstract quality
To make tea/coffee


  1. A liquid used in a steeping process

Extensive Definition

Steep is a village in central Hampshire, England. Since 1899 it has been the location of Bedales School, a progressive public school.
The poets Edward Thomas (from 1906) and Robert Frost (briefly) lived in the village. Thomas is commemorated by a window in the church, engraved by Laurence Whistler.


Steep was also the long term residence of Sir Alec Guinnes, who now has a monthly cinema evening hosted in Steep Village Hall.

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