What does precipitous mean?

Definitions for precipitousprɪˈsɪp ɪ təs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precipitous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hasty, overhasty, precipitate, precipitant, precipitous(adj)

    done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    "hasty marriage seldom proveth well"- Shakespeare; "hasty makeshifts take the place of planning"- Arthur Geddes; "rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion"; "wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king"

  2. abrupt, precipitous, sharp(adj)

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"


  1. precipitous(Adjective)

    Steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain.

  2. precipitous(Adjective)

    Headlong; as, precipitous fall.

  3. precipitous(Adjective)

    Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precipitous(adj)

    steep, like a precipice; as, a precipitous cliff or mountain

  2. Precipitous(adj)

    headlong; as, precipitous fall

  3. Precipitous(adj)

    hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts

  4. Origin: [L. praeceps, -cipitis: cf. OF. precipiteux. See Precipice.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precipitous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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