- steple (obsolete)
From Middle English stepel, from Old English stīpel, stȳpel, stīepel (“tower, steeple”), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (“that which is steep, tower, steeple”), equivalent to steep + -le. Cognate with Old Norse stöpull (“tower, steeple”).
steeple (plural steeples)
- A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.
- A spire.
- (historical) A high headdress of the 14th century.
- (transitive) To form something into the shape of a steeple.
- He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.