\ ˈsküp \

Definition of scoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large ladle
b : a deep shovel or similar implement for digging, dipping, or shoveling
c : a usually hemispherical utensil for dipping food
d : a small spoon-shaped utensil or instrument for cutting or gouging
2a : the action of scooping
b : the amount contained by a scoop
3a : a hollow place : cavity
b : a part forming or surrounding an opening for channeling a fluid (such as air) into a desired path
4a : information especially of immediate interest
5 : a rounded and usually low-cut neckline on a woman's garment

called also scoop neck


scooped; scooping; scoops

Definition of scoop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to take out or up with or as if with a scoop : dip
b : 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 : to empty by ladling out the contents
3 : to make hollow : dig out
4 : beat sense 5a(2) scooped the rival newspaper

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Other Words from scoop


scoopful \ ˈsküp-​ˌfu̇l \ noun


scoopable \ ˈskü-​pə-​bəl \ adjective
scooper noun

Synonyms for scoop

Synonyms: Noun

dipper, ladle, spoon

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, ladle, spoon

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Examples of scoop in a Sentence


a backhoe with a large scoop The story turned out to be the political scoop of the year. She always knows the scoop. Here's the scoop on how to clean leather.


She has a job scooping ice cream. He scooped flour into the bowl. A backhoe was scooping dirt from the hole. The children scooped handfuls of marbles from the pile. He scooped the dice off the table and rolled again. Scoop a hole in the dough for the filling. The city's biggest newspaper got scooped by a weekly paper that released the story a full day before.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using large cookie scoop or hands, form cooled risotto into 8 balls. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Crispy Caprese Cakes," 21 Dec. 2018 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen viewers got some inside scoop about what went down behind-the-scenes at the 2018 Met Gala during Tuesday night’s episode. Dave Quinn,, "Andy Cohen Dishes on Met Gala Shenanigans — and Teases Which Star Was 'the Drunkest'," 9 May 2018 When the former teammates got together this offseason, Hughes wanted the scoop from Dalton about his former backup with the Bengals, AJ McCarron, who was signed by the Bills in free agency last month. Mark Inabinett,, "Buffalo defensive end eager for AJ McCarron to become 'captain of the ship' with Bills," 7 Apr. 2018 Last night, Joanna Gaines gave her followers the final and most important scoop about the project. Olivia Harrison,, "Joanna & Chip Gaines' New Breakfast Restaurant Is Officially Open For Business," 27 Mar. 2018 On Thursday, the New York Times published yet another of its almost-weekly scoops about the Trump administration. David French, National Review, "Trump’s Impeachment Prospects Have Little to Do with the Law," 7 Jan. 2018 Luckily, with the help of Patricia's close friend Luzanne Otte, T&C was able to get the inside scoop. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 But if a reason is a must, then celebrating National Ice Cream Day is the answer. Sunday, July 15, marks the annual holiday, and several Louisville parlors are getting in on the fun with discounts on scoops, cones and shakes. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with deals at these Louisville shops," 13 July 2018 Using a two-ounce scoop, form meatballs about the size of a golf ball. Claire Perez,, "Noodles Panini’s meatballs and sauce a family recipe," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Amir tells me, sitting on a corner sofa in her Midtown office building, after most of the lights have gone down but the granola bar wrappers and Lipton tea bags have yet to be scooped from the floor. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How to succeed in business by being a Taylor Swift fan," 7 Nov. 2018 Hayabusa2 will attempt to scoop up material from deep within Ryugu, where the rock has been largely unaffected by the space environment. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A Japanese spacecraft just threw two small rovers at an asteroid," 21 Sep. 2018 Take the wand and push it against the sides of the tube, gently swirling the brush around and around to essentially scoop up the formula. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Please Stop Pumping Your Mascara Wand—You're Ruining It," 6 Sep. 2018 In the second half of the month when retail investors retreat for the holidays, institutional investors scoop up bargains. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Need a Santa Claus Rally to Avoid a Losing Year," 17 Dec. 2018 In batches, scoop batter by scant 1/4-cupfuls into skillet, spreading to 3 1/2 inches each. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Recipe Alert: How to Make Pancakes," 23 July 2018 Hundreds of miles from this dense forest, the animals were scooped up in harnesses dangling from construction cranes. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 And there’s two intriguing rookies GM Chris Ballard scooped up in last week’s draft, North Carolina State’s Nyheim Hines and Mississippi’s Jordan Wilkins. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Is Marlon Mack ready to become the Colts' lead back?," 7 May 2018 The first superhero film with an all-black cast had a strong opening in the world's second-largest film market, scooping up $67 million in ticket sales in just three days. Gaochao Zhang,, "'Black Panther' has solid debut in China on its way to $1 billion in global ticket sales," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of scoop


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scoop


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

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English Language Learners Definition of scoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of scoop (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


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Kids Definition of scoop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the amount held by a scoop I ate a scoop of ice cream.
2 : a kitchen utensil resembling a deep spoon and used for digging into and lifting out a soft substance an ice cream scoop
3 : a motion made with or as if with a scoop
4 : a large deep shovel for digging, dipping, or shoveling


scooped; scooping

Kids Definition of scoop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to take out or up with or as if with a dipping motion They started kicking water at each other and scooping it up …— Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
2 : to make something (as a hole) by creating a hollow place


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Medical Definition of scoop

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

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