verb \ˈstüp\

: 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

intransitive verb
a :  to bend the body or a part of the body forward and downward sometimes simultaneously bending the knees
b :  to stand or walk with a forward inclination of the head, body, or shoulders
:  yield, submit
a :  to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or status
b :  to lower oneself morally <stooped to lying>
a archaic :  to move down from a height :  alight
b :  to fly or dive down swiftly usually to attack prey
transitive verb
:  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

Related to STOOP



Definition of STOOP

a :  an act of bending the body forward
b :  a temporary or habitual forward bend of the back and shoulders
:  the descent of a bird especially on its prey
:  a lowering of oneself

First Known Use of STOOP




Definition of STOOP

:  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

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


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