UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pri sipi təs)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•cip•i•tous /prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. like a precipice;
    very steep:a precipitous wall of rock; precipitous mountain trails.
  2. happening quickly or suddenly;

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pre•cip•i•tous  (pri sipi təs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of the nature of or characterized by precipices:a precipitous wall of rock.
  2. extremely or impassably steep:precipitous mountain trails.
  3. precipitate.
pre•cipi•tous•ly, adv. 
pre•cipi•tous•ness, n. 
  • obsolete French précipiteux; see precipitate, -ous
  • 1640–50
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged abrupt, sheer, perpendicular.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flat, level.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
precipitous /prɪˈsɪpɪtəs/ adj
  1. resembling a precipice or characterized by precipices
  2. very steep
  3. hasty or precipitate

preˈcipitously adv preˈcipitousness n USAGE
The use of precipitous to mean hasty is thought by some people to be incorrect

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