Main definitions of stoop in English

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stoop1

verb

[no object]
  • 1Bend one's head or body forwards and downwards.

    ‘he stooped down and reached towards the coin’
    ‘Linda stooped to pick up the bottles’
    with object ‘the man stoops his head’
    • ‘I was pruning the flowerbeds, mowing the grass, that sort of thing, and had just stooped down to pick up a piece of litter when a red rubber ball landed about twenty centimetres from me.’
    • ‘Instinctively Loretta stooped down to pick it up.’
    • ‘Jorge stooped down, picked it up and dusted it off.’
    • ‘Evelyn stooped down and picked the six-year-old girl up.’
    • ‘My balance regained, I stooped down to pick up the overgrown puppy that immediately began licking my face once it was within reach.’
    • ‘Adam stooped down and picked up the object, careful shutting the lid and placing it back on her nightstand.’
    • ‘Hands trembling, he stooped down to pick them off the road and steadied himself with one hand on the truck.’
    • ‘A wave of guilt washed over me and I stooped down to pick him up.’
    • ‘After looking around for a few seconds, he stooped down to pick up a snail shell he found on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘David grinned and stooped down beside his daughter.’
    • ‘Then, she pointed at the towering hill and at herself, then stooped down and wrote in the sand with her finger.’
    • ‘He stooped down to touch the road, then straightened up, worried.’
    • ‘He stooped down to the window and looked right at me, grinning.’
    • ‘He then stooped down next to me and ran a hand over my hair.’
    • ‘He stooped down and carefully peered around the doorway, both ways.’
    • ‘Mal shrugged as he stooped down to look into the car.’
    • ‘Finn stooped down next to the bright, crystal clear water and started scooping handfuls of water into his mouth.’
    • ‘The gentleman stooped down and plucked one of the blooms from its bed.’
    • ‘Borrowing a pen from another tourist, she stooped down to the boy's level.’
    • ‘I stooped down to pick up a book and then handed it to her.’
    • ‘He turned his back on me, went over to the generator, stooped and retrieved something.’
    • ‘She would have stooped to retrieve her knives had he not waved his own at her threateningly.’
    • ‘He stoops to recover the horseshoe from where it lies.’
    • ‘A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.’
    • ‘I spun towards the voice, stooping to grab my knife.’
    bend down, bend, lean over, lean down, kneel, crouch down, squat down, hunker down, hunch down
    lower, bend, incline, bow, duck
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    1. 1.1Have the head and shoulders habitually bent forwards.
      ‘he tends to stoop when he walks’
      • ‘During the Brixton riots inquiry in 1981 his tall, stooping figure appeared regularly on television.’
      • ‘Though he stoops over as if gravity is dragging down his meaty shoulders, Rod standing tall is six feet six inches and 270 pounds.’
      • ‘His injuries healed but as he grew bigger the scar tissue contracted and he began to stoop like an old man.’
      hunch one's shoulders, walk with a stoop, be round-shouldered
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  • 2Lower one's moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible.

    ‘Craig wouldn't stoop to thieving’
    ‘she was unwilling to believe that anyone could stoop so low as to steal from a dead woman’
    • ‘When you see ideological opponents stoop to a barrage of personal insults, do you think that they've scored a political point?’
    • ‘I don't believe our youths would stoop so low as to desecrate the graves or vandalise the cemetery.’
    • ‘If some moron can stoop so low as to steal a wheelchair from an 82-year-old lady, what are we coming to?’
    • ‘I feel relieved in a sense because people have been killed or injured for less but I feel disgusted that people can stoop to that level.’
    • ‘Ask yourself - when you hear your political adversaries stoop to empty insults like this, do you feel that they're helping their cause or hurting it?’
    • ‘I think it's absolutely despicable that anyone could stoop so low as to steal something from a children's ward.’
    • ‘It's really sad for them that they have to stoop to these awful things and it just shows what kinds of people we are dealing with.’
    • ‘Why am I not surprised that they would stoop to cheating?’
    • ‘If I, and all my friends, had given her the love and encouragement she so obviously needed, perhaps she wouldn't have felt the need to stoop to these depths to try and gain our attention.’
    • ‘I'm sure nobody around here would stoop so low as to put their muck in our dustbin, but word gets around about these things and you may not realise the lengths some unscrupulous types will go to.’
    • ‘However, we cannot continue to stoop to their level, because it removes our right to righteous indignation at their atrocities.’
    • ‘The fact that he is willing to stoop to this sort of outright revisionism in order to make his point demonstrates the abject lack of substance to his arguments.’
    • ‘When we raised our concerns to the senators lining up to oppose Ashcroft, they of course protested they would never stoop to such bigotry.’
    • ‘It is astonishing the columnist could stoop so low.’
    • ‘Try to be communicative with other people in your class but if that doesn't work do not stoop to their level.’
    • ‘Nor would they stoop to depriving the downtrodden fans of a struggling club of an adored star just by offering him some filthy money and the chance of European football.’
    • ‘Would Edward stoop so low as to kill them all?’
    • ‘Could anyone in tinsel town stoop so low?’
    • ‘We, the virtuous local media, would never stoop so low!’
    • ‘I wouldn't stoop low enough to go directly to his house to see him.’
    lower oneself, sink, descend, resort
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    1. 2.1archaic with infinitive Condescend to do something.
      ‘the princes now and then stooped to pay a nominal homage’
      • ‘He does not stoop to deny the charge against the president, instead he points out the signifier of the true moralist: the man who tears up the constitution when politically expedient.’
      • ‘He would not stoop to ask for any man's compliments, praises, flatteries; and he would be far above exacting them.’
  • 3(of a bird of prey) swoop down on a quarry.

    ‘we witnessed an eagle stooping on its prey’
    • ‘Occasionally, a kite stoops and grabs a dragonfly, one of its favorite meals.’
    • ‘Splendid aerial displays are described, the birds climbing several hundred feet before stooping at tremendous speed at each other until almost at ground-level when the performance is repeated.’
    • ‘I found this out recently when I suddenly got the urge to go, having seen a falcon stoop at a distance as I was driving.’

noun

  • 1in singular A posture in which the head and shoulders are habitually bent forwards.

    ‘a tall, thin man with a stoop’
    • ‘He noticed a beginning, almost imperceptible touch of red around her eyes, a stoop to her shoulders that had not been there before.’
    • ‘Now 71, he is tanned and tall, with a slight stoop.’
    • ‘Tuck was angular and lean, with a slight stoop, as he is today.’
    • ‘The elderly man is of medium height and build, wearing glasses and walking with a slight stoop.’
    • ‘He was walking with a pronounced stoop, gleefully rubbing his hands together and grinning like a maniac.’
    • ‘His sprightly frame is totally erect with not a hint of a stoop and his quick stride and purposeful gait would put men half his age to shame.’
    • ‘He walked with a stoop and a rolling gait, the once upright take-on-the-world stance of the magnificent athlete now reduced to a shambling stagger.’
    hunch, droop of the shoulders, sag of the shoulders
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  • 2The downward swoop of a bird of prey.

    • ‘We were watching Annie, another centre falconer, luring a young lanner through a pattern of stoops and dives after a pair of meat-garnished, dried wings swung on a long cord.’
    • ‘They descended on the village like a falcon in stoop.’
    • ‘There was a horrible sensation of plunging into the abyss, falling, falling as swiftly as a falcon in stoop.’

Origin

Old English stūpian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to the adjective steep. Both senses of the noun date from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation

stoop

/stuːp/

Main definitions of stoop in English

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stoop2

noun

North American
  • A porch with steps in front of a house or other building.

    • ‘We've been sitting on the front stoop of an unlit house, blinking into the darkness, waiting, or so we thought.’
    • ‘Momentarily, I will get up, take a few steps down the hallway, and peek out onto our front stoop.’
    • ‘I was legitimately surprised when I saw Tucker, along with Emma and Hayden standing on the front stoop of my father's house.’
    • ‘They opened the door, and slowly stepped out onto the stoop, looking out at the land in front of them.’
    • ‘Around here, neighbors yelled to each other from their front stoops.’
    • ‘The Sunday New York Times, wrapped in blue plastic, already was on the front stoop, and the smell of coffee was floating up from the kitchen.’
    • ‘When I bought my house, there were immense, ball-shaped evergreens on either side of the front stoop.’
    • ‘She stepped up onto the stoop and fumbled around the doorway for the keypad.’
    • ‘Concrete is popular for sidewalks, parking pads, patios, dumpster pads, front stoops, recreational areas, driveways, curbs, gutters and much more.’
    • ‘I even let James kiss me on the stoop and it feels okay.’
    • ‘It ended with a long kiss on my stoop and his promise to call the next day.’
    • ‘Jackson was sitting on the stoop early in the morning, when the birds were just beginning to call and the sky was grey.’
    • ‘He was there standing on the front stoop, hands stuck in his pockets.’
    • ‘She sets her buckets on the front stoop and pauses before opening the door.’
    • ‘Emma stormed out of the manor and collapsed on the front stoop in tears.’
    • ‘Lately, I have noticed a man sitting on the stoop of an apartment building near mine.’
    • ‘About ten minutes later, we were sitting on the stoop of his building, putting on our roller blades.’
    • ‘What I remember most is sitting on the back stoop of the house, crying.’
    • ‘The ferryman was watching from the stoop of a nearby clapboard house as we rolled up.’
    • ‘The boy stands outside on the stoop of his house finishing the rest of his toast.’

Origin

Mid 18th century from Dutch stoep (see stoep).

Pronunciation

stoop

/stuːp/