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noun \ˈsküp\

Simple Definition of scoop

  • : a kitchen tool like a spoon that has a usually thick handle and a deep bowl for taking something from a container

  • : something that is shaped like a bowl or bucket and used to pick up and move things

  • : the amount of something that is held in a scoop

Full Definition of scoop

  1. 1a :  a large ladleb :  a deep shovel or similar implement for digging, dipping, or shovelingc :  a usually hemispherical utensil for dipping foodd :  a small spoon-shaped utensil or instrument for cutting or gouging

  2. 2a :  the action of scoopingb :  the amount contained by a scoop

  3. 3a :  a hollow place :  cavityb :  a part forming or surrounding an opening for channeling a fluid (as air) into a desired path

  4. 4a :  information especially of immediate interestb :  beat 5b

  5. 5 :  a rounded and usually low-cut neckline on a woman's garment —called also scoop neck

scoop·ful play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of scoop

  1. a backhoe with a large scoop

  2. The story turned out to be the political scoop of the year.

  3. She always knows the scoop.

  4. Here's the scoop on how to clean leather.

Origin of scoop

Middle English scope, from Middle Dutch schope; akin to Old High German skepfen to shape — more at shape

First Known Use: 14th century



transitive verb

Simple Definition of scoop

  • : to pick up and move (something) with a scoop, a spoon, etc.

  • : to pick up (something or someone) in one quick, continuous motion

  • : to make (a hole, hollow, etc.) by using a scoop, spoon, etc.

Full Definition of scoop

  1. 1a :  to take out or up with or as if with a scoop :  dipb :  to pick up quickly or surreptitiously with or as if with a sweep of the hand —often used with up <scoop up the treat>

  2. 2 :  to empty by ladling out the contents

  3. 3 :  to make hollow :  dig out

  4. 4 :  beat 5a(2) <scooped the rival newspaper>

scoop·able play \ˈskü-pə-bəl\ adjective
scoop·er noun

Examples of scoop

  1. She has a job scooping ice cream.

  2. He scooped flour into the bowl.

  3. A backhoe was scooping dirt from the hole.

  4. The children scooped handfuls of marbles from the pile.

  5. He scooped the dice off the table and rolled again.

  6. Scoop a hole in the dough for the filling.

  7. The city's biggest newspaper got scooped by a weekly paper that released the story a full day before.

14th Century

First Known Use of scoop

14th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈsküp\

Medical Definition of scoop

  1. :  a spoon-shaped surgical instrument used in extracting various materials (as pus or foreign bodies)

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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