\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

b : beat sense 5b

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

411 [slang], book, dope, inside, lowdown, poop [slang], skinny [slang], tip

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

Amazon won't be releasing the details of its seven glorious days of deals until mid-November, but here's the scoop on what to expect so far. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "Here's What To Expect From Amazon's Cyber Monday Deals This Year," 25 Sep. 2018 Celebrate America with these patriotic triple-berry pies (and a scoop of ice cream). Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Mini Stars Berry Pies," 13 June 2018 At each place on the table, the animated little man in red scarf and chef’s hat heaves a scoop of ice cream, flips berries with his spoon, shoots chocolate sauce from a firehose, and lights a celebratory candle before slipping away. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "There's a food fight among premium cruise lines, and Celebrity is seeking an Edge | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Take 50 cents off any scoop of ice cream or buy a milkshake for $5. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with deals at these Louisville shops," 13 July 2018 The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog has all the scoops. Abby Hamblin,, "Comic-Con 2018: Four podcast episodes to get you ready for San Diego," 12 July 2018 Visitors at both the Oakley and Montgomery locations will receive single scoops for $1.10 during regular hours, noon to 10 p.m. Melissa Reinert,, "Aglamesis serves up $1.10 scoops on 110th birthday," 11 July 2018 Angry Orchard will also be selling scoops on Sunday, July 15. Olivia Harrison,, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 2018 Want inside scoop on The Challenge: Final Reckoning? Ale Russian,, "MTV's C.T. Tamburello Opens Up About Dad Life and the Craziest Challenge Yet with Final Reckoning," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Condolences to those who lost their jobs regardless, and hopefully the Vancouver dev scene can scoop everyone up. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Telltale hit with major layoffs and THQ continues its buying spree," 21 Sep. 2018 The silhouette is high-waisted with a slight drop-crotch and tiered side pockets in scooping U shapes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Barragán Turns a New York Department Store Into a Cool-Kid Runway," 15 Sep. 2018 And while the body of publicly available information about the Russia scandal is already extensive, the way it has been delivered — scoop after scoop of discrete nuggets of information — has been disorienting and difficult to follow. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Once cooled scoop your favorite ice cream onto one cookie, then press another cookie on top! Blake Bakkila,, "Avocado Lovers, Rejoice! Whole Foods Is Selling a Dairy-Free Avocado Ice Cream," 28 June 2018 Filipe Luis - Atlético Madrid Atletico Madrid have had a superb 2017/18 season, powering their way to a second place finish in La Liga while scooping the Europa League to boot., "8 of the Most Unstoppable Players Across Europe's Elite Leagues This Season," 21 June 2018 Officials from the agency closed the Wilson reservoir and campground Tuesday because of fire activity in the area and aircraft that were scooping water from the reservoir to dump on the flames. Scott Sonner, The Seattle Times, "Crews gaining on huge Nevada wildfire visible from space," 10 July 2018 Officials in Utah closed a portion of Strawberry Reservoir so planes could scoop water and drop it onto the flames, but people could still boat and fish on other parts of the water Wednesday., "Wildfires keep growing in US West," 4 July 2018 The site will also include a two-story Whirley Ball auditorium, which will include bumper cars where players use hand held scoops to score in basket-like nets. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vici Capilli leaving Brookfield Square location, moving to Greenfield — for now," 26 June 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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