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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klif]
    • /klɪf/
    • /klɪf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klif]
    • /klɪf/

Definitions of cliff word

  • countable noun cliff A cliff is a high area of land with a very steep side, especially one next to the sea. 3
  • noun cliff a steep high rock face, esp one that runs along the seashore and has the strata exposed 3
  • noun cliff a high, steep face of rock, esp. one on a coast; precipice 3
  • noun cliff a male given name, form of Clifford or Clifton. 1
  • noun cliff A steep rock face, especially at the edge of the sea. 1
  • noun cliff geography: steep rock face 1

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Origin of cliff

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English clif, Old English, cognate with Dutch, Low German, Old Norse klif

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Cliff


cliff popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cliff usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cliff

noun cliff

  • wall — any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
  • bluff — A bluff is an attempt to make someone believe that you will do something when you do not really intend to do it.
  • precipice — a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face.
  • scar — a precipitous, rocky place; cliff.
  • face — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.

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