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stoop

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verb \ˈstüp\

Simple Definition of stoop

  • : to bend down or over

  • : to walk or stand with your head and shoulders bent forward

  • : to do something that is not honest, fair, etc.

Full Definition of stoop

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bend the body or a part of the body forward and downward sometimes simultaneously bending the kneesb :  to stand or walk with a forward inclination of the head, body, or shoulders

  3. 2 :  yield, submit

  4. 3a :  to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or statusb :  to lower oneself morally <stooped to lying>

  5. 4a archaic :  to move down from a height :  alightb :  to fly or dive down swiftly usually to attack prey

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  debase, degrade

  8. 2 :  to bend (a part of the body) forward and downward

Examples of stoop

  1. She stooped down to hug the child.

  2. He had to stoop to pick it up.

  3. He tends to stoop as he walks.

  4. He really did that? I didn't think he could stoop so low.



Origin of stoop

Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian; akin to Swedish stupa to fall, plunge, Old English stēap steep, deep


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stoop

noun

Definition of stoop

  1. 1a :  an act of bending the body forwardb :  a temporary or habitual forward bend of the back and shoulders

  2. 2 :  the descent of a bird especially on its prey

  3. 3 :  a lowering of oneself



1571

First Known Use of stoop

1571


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stoop

noun

Definition of stoop

  1. :  a porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda at a house door



Origin of stoop

Dutch stoep; akin to Old English stæpe step — more at step


First Known Use: 1755

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