Etymology: [ 'stEp ] (adjective.) before 12th century. Old English stēap (“high”), from Proto-Germanic *staupaz (compare Old Frisian stap, Middle High German *stouf), from Proto-Indo-European *steup- (“to push, stick”).“” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 The Proto-Indo-European root (and related) has many and varied descendants, including English stub; compare also Scots stap (“to strike, to forcibly insert”). The sense of “sharp slope” is attested circa 1200; the sense “expensive” is attested US 1856.
Synonyms: abrupt, arduous, bathe, breakneck, damp, declivitous, dizzying, drench, elevated, erect, excessive, exorbitant, extortionate, extreme, fill, headlong, high, hilly, imbue, immerse
Antonyms: gentle, mild, moderate, cheap, inexpensive, dehydrate, dry
Tenses: steeps, steeping, steeped