Adjective "steep" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a slope, flight of stairs, or angle) rising or falling sharply; almost perpendicular.
  1. 'The lavatory is on the same level as the rest of the box - at the top of two long, steep flights of stairs.'
  2. 'Proposed changes include moving the box office, which is currently at the top of a steep flight of stairs, to the ground floor.'
  3. 'The whole stretch of these steep slopes were once upon a time known as the ‘ravine of the monkeys’ because only monkeys could climb these ravines with ease.'
  4. 'From her angle, it appeared to be a steep slope of some kind.'
  5. 'They come in out of relatively deep water on to steep beaches, rather than break, surge up the beach.'
  6. 'She had to hit the ball at just the right angle off the side to make it roll up a steep slope around a curve.'
  7. 'The Danish Kitchen in High Ousegate has no disabled toilets at all, and the ordinary toilets are up an impossibly steep flight of stairs.'
  8. 'Getting on to the platforms is a huge problem for him as he is faced with steep flights of stairs he must climb before reaching the platforms.'
  9. 'He was a dedicated hill climber, though, and on every steep slope was at or near the front.'
  10. 'Leave the path about a mile after Lone and climb steep slopes interspersed with bands of rock.'
  11. 'the steep rise in unemployment'
  12. 'The Met can't seem to make its mind up over whether there has been ‘no fluctuation’ in knife crime in the past three years, or a steep rise.'
  13. 'Not only is there going to be a steady and steep rise in the numbers needing long-term care, but there is a falling number of those of working age paying the tax to provide it.'
  14. 'There was a steep rise in the number of wandering lunatics following the Erwadi tragedy.'
  15. '‘We are seeing quite a steep rise among young people,’ he said.'
  16. 'These associations started in Europe and the United States some 30 years ago at a time of rapid expansion in the road traffic industry and a steep rise in road traffic injuries.'
  17. 'It was a very steep rise from March through to the end of May.'
  18. 'The teaching crisis and steep rise in policing costs alone make further big increases look inevitable.'
  19. 'God is back, according to a recent survey in which 59% said he was meaningful to them etc, representing a steep rise in religious feeling.'
  20. 'How these results square with the steep rise in the incidence of depression over recent years, Time did not explain.'
  21. 'Police say advanced technology in mobile phones is behind a steep rise in vehicle crime in south Manchester.'
(of a price or demand) not reasonable; excessive.
  1. 'For the sake of peace, Israel paid the steep price Oslo demanded.'
  2. 'By making our own franchises we'll ultimately make more money instead of paying a steep price for an existing brand that may or may not work.'
  3. 'But banks could end up paying a steep price for such fees if any of the complex deals start to unravel - a higher risk in the middle of an economic downturn.'
  4. 'The service was amicable, the ambience was charming, and though the prices were fairly steep for Sofia standards, the experience was worth it.'
  5. 'Apart from Dravid who always puts a steep price on his wicket, the others have only confirmed that they are good wicket and good condition players.'
  6. 'But families exercise that right at the steep price of losing income they otherwise would have earned.'
  7. 'What we endeavour to find are quality wines that don't come at a steep price, and these seem to be rare.'
  8. 'Prices are steep, with 10,000 euros for silver club membership and 50,000 euros to join the gold club.'
  9. 'Sims had better deliver because the club paid a steep price, its third-round pick, to move up two spots to draft him.'
  10. 'Prices are steep, with rooms beginning at 130 euros a night, meals excluded.'
  11. 'this is a rather steep statement'


A steep mountain slope.
  1. 'Reared on the steeps, many skiers in our area of the Rockies, including myself, stuck with AT gear.'
  2. 'A lot of people break at the waist too much when they ski the steeps.'
  3. 'They are simple to use on flat and gentle terrain, but glide better on the steeps, which of course, will also take a little more practice.'


Soak (food or tea) in water or other liquid so as to extract its flavour or to soften it.
  1. no object 'the noodles should be left to steep for 3–4 minutes'
  2. 'I was still amused by this all; I had never actually seen someone go to the trouble of coming to a café so they could get water, and steep their own tea.'
  3. 'Make the tea by steeping 1 teaspoon or 1 tea bag of one of these dried herbs in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes.'
  4. 'I ordered some hot water to steep my raspberry leaf in and took out my little baggy full of the herb and set it on the table.'
  5. 'Originally only consisting of three seats, the new Green T House is 50,000 square feet of slightly wavy lines and designer hot water steeping designer tea leaves.'
  6. 'Wet-milling involves several steps, starting with soaking, or steeping, corn in water and sulfur dioxide for 24 to 36 hours.'
  7. 'You also can steep herbs in hot water for caffeine-free teas.'
  8. 'They were made by distilling or steeping herbs and flowers, and by mixing aromatic oils with alcohol.'
  9. 'If you want the cider to also deter insects, gently steep some tomato leaves therein along with other strong aromatics like cedar.'
  10. 'The garbanzo plants exuded a flavorful, acidic dew which made for a wonderful sun tea when the leaves were steeped in a jar of water.'
  11. 'Tea was steeped, cakes and cookies presented, comfortable seats procured for the triplet to lounge in.'
  12. 'Cover the mixture, steep for two hours, then strain it through muslin cloth into a suitable watering can or pump-spray bottle.'
Surround or fill with a quality or influence.
  1. 'The elegant Georgian convent buildings, including a neo-classical chapel dating from 1769, are steeped in history.'
  2. 'The Yankees themselves, and the stadium, are steeped in glory and history.'
  3. 'The region is the home of Blues music, and is steeped in the history of the river and, of course, the War of Northern Aggression.'
  4. 'The Kavanagh family is steeped in local history, having been involved in the famous Evictions of 1860 and having also had close links with the Tourmakeady Ambush of 1921.'
  5. 'I don't think there's a line of Shakespeare I can't recognise at least or even place, but I never felt that way about Milton even when I was steeped in him.'
  6. 'The Indian village of Bodh Gaya is steeped in the history of Buddhism - its burgeoning tourism goes hand in hand with the religion's beginnings.'
  7. 'Few people are steeped in film history like Dennis James.'
  8. 'Banff National Park is steeped in history dating back to traces of human habitation in the Bow Valley more than 11,000 years ago.'
  9. 'Japanese cuisine was steeped in tradition, and he wasn't necessarily interested in cooking the classic dishes.'
  10. 'While, as a Singaporean Chinese, Alicia is steeped in the traditions of China and in the food of one of the world's most eclectic, subtle, and delicious, culinary crossroads.'


1. having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient, as a hill, an ascent, stairs, etc.

2. (of a price or amount) unduly high; exorbitant: Those prices are too steep for me.

3. extreme or incredible, as a statement or story.

4. high or lofty. noun

5. a steep place; declivity, as of a hill.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be steep in places."

"uptrends can be steep in/at/on tomorrows."

"tags can be steep in nations."

"tags can be steep for people."

"routes can be steep on rocks."

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(steep)Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to stoup.