steep 1 (stēp)
adj. steep·er, steep·est
1. Having a sharp inclination; precipitous.
2. At a rapid or precipitous rate: a steep rise in imports.
a. Excessive; stiff: a steep price.
b. Ambitious; difficult: a steep undertaking.
A precipitous slope.
[Middle English stepe, from Old English stēap.]
Synonyms: steep1, abrupt, precipitous, sheer2
These adjectives mean so sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular: steep cliffs; an abrupt drop-off; precipitous hills; a sheer descent.
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