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.
Synonymsabrupt, arduous, bathe, breakneck, damp, declivitous, dizzying, drench, elevated, erect, excessive, exorbitant, extortionate, extreme, fill, headlong, high, hilly, imbue, immerse
Antonymsgentle, mild, moderate, cheap, inexpensive, dehydrate, dry
Tensessteeps, steeping, steeped
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