Definition of stook in English:


Pronunciation /sto͝ok/ /stʊk/ /sto͞ok/ /stuk/


  • A group of sheaves of grain stood on end in a field.

    • ‘I'd rather believe my whisky came from barley sheaves standing in stooks in glens of tranquillity than admit the importance of the giant combine harvesters rolling across the Ukrainian plains.’
    • ‘Workers would then have to ‘set up’ the sheaves in stooks, or as we would call them, ‘attocks’, usually leaned together, butts on the ground, in two rows of four with occasionally two placed on top as a hood.’
    • ‘When we were lads it meant that, weather permitting, we would almost certainly have started harvest and would be cutting oats with the self-binder and setting up the sheaves in stooks or, as we would call them, ‘attocks’.’
    • ‘Schythes were swung, sheaves were tied and built into stooks in an overflowing gesture of co-operation and goodwill.’
    • ‘Up to twenty five stooks per day at one shilling and six pence per stook was the pay earned by the top pullers but as twelve was my maximum, my wages were much below the money available.’
    • ‘One of the main features of the day was the steam threshing which involved forking the stooks into the steam-powered conveyor belt.’
    • ‘So detailed are some of the entries that over a six day period in late August, 1880, he notes the amount of stooks of oats he cut each day, coming to a grand total of 195 at the end of his labours on September Ist.’
    • ‘The golden fleece, the miner's pick, or the stook of wheat represented particular sectors of the economy, and grouped together they equated the nation with its economic resources.’

transitive verb

[with object]British
  • Arrange in stooks.

    ‘the sheaves were stooked by hand’
    • ‘The wheat sheaves are being stooked to keep them dry until they are stacked.’
    • ‘Labourers employed by the farmer stooked the wheat.’
    • ‘The recent improvement in the weather has helped those who still cut turf in bogs and much of the crop is now stooked.’
    • ‘The land was good on the north side where her home was and she saved the hay, fed chickens, stooked the oats while, in the evenings, she might go to Mary McCormack's for a little shopping and a visit to hear the local news.’
    • ‘Labourers were employed to mow and stook the wheat, while the pupils, unpaid, helped with harvesting; they also cleared, fenced and ploughed additional land.’
    • ‘The former branch chairman was commenting on a provision in the land management contracts scheme for farmers to be paid extra if they bind and stook crops.’


Middle English (as a noun): from or related to Middle Low German stūke.



/sto͝ok/ /stʊk/ /sto͞ok/ /stuk/