stoop


Main Entry: 1stoop
Pronunciation: \ˈstüp\
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian; akin to Swedish stupa to fall, plunge, Old English stēap steep, deep
Date: before 12th century
intransitive verb
1
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
3
a : to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or status
b : to lower oneself morally <stooped to lying>
4
a archaic : to move down from a height : alight
b : to fly or dive down swiftly usually to attack prey
transitive verb
2
: to bend (a part of the body) forward and downward