\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other words from scoop


scoopful \ˈsküp-ˌfu̇l \ noun


scoopable \ˈskü-pə-bəl \ adjective
scooper noun

Synonyms for scoop

Synonyms: Noun

book, dope, inside, lowdown, tip

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, ladle, spoon

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal Want the inside scoop on your favorite teams? Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Insider: New stars must step up for Lamar Jackson-less Cards," 11 July 2018 Geekwire had the scoop on Tuesday by noticing an Amazon Go sign through a second-story window near Amazon's downtown Seattle offices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Report: Amazon will publish toy catalog this holiday to fill Toys ‘R Us void," 5 July 2018 Two prominent Democrats give us the inside scoop on what's a simmering civil war in their own party. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 Fortune‘s McKenna Moore has the scoop on the looming shortage of OB-GYNs in the U.S. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "SCOTUS Vacancy, Becky Hammon, Google's Diane Greene: Broadsheet June 28," 28 June 2018 Pop into Morgan Outdoors, a shop which stocks both hiking boots and local handmade pottery, and ask for owner Lisa Lyons to get the inside scoop on trail conditions. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 DAILY Sea Turtle Talk Get the inside scoop on the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The retro ice cream truck so far has distributed about 2,000 scoops of Babcock ice cream to attract interest. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 Wojnarowski, a Yahoo Sports reporter at the time, had scoops on half the first round on Twitter, then a nascent platform for breaking news. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "ESPN and Others Try to Restrain Reporters for N.B.A. Draft, to No Avail," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hess got Ian Kinsler to ground out without advancing the runners and appeared to get a big break when Manny Machado scooped up a sharp grounder by catcher Martin Maldonado and fired the ball to the plate. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles' losing streak continues with 7-1 loss to struggling Angels," 30 June 2018 In some of the images, the little princess can be seen scooping up rocks with her hands and kicking the dirt with her bare feet. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Young Princess Leonore gets attention at her sister's christening for going barefoot," 13 June 2018 Frankie Higgins scooped and scored off the faceoff-X just into seconds into the game, preceding a scoring drought that lasted more than 16 minutes for Hingham. Jake Levin,, "Top-ranked Hingham silences Xaverian in lacrosse," 13 June 2018 The market vendors scooped up the goods at Manhattan piers and hauled them the final few blocks to the market with hand trucks. Sean Patrick Cooper, The New Republic, "Is America Ready for the Next Superstorm?," 4 June 2018 Saber the top off, scoop the guts out, and behold the bowl for your watermelon punch. New York Times, "The Best Fruits of Summer, Ranked," 22 May 2018 The secretary whose $180 stock purchase grew to millions Grace Groner, a secretary who scooped up clothes at garage sales and lived in a spartan one-bedroom house in Lake Forest, Illinois, survived the Great Depression. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Sylvia Bloom, a frugal secretary, hid a $9M fortune. She joins a list of secret millionaires.," 7 May 2018 John Ryan Murphy came in for Corbin and hit a sharp liner off Yimi Garcia’s glove, which shortstop Chris Taylor scooped and fired to first. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Eric Byrnes is right – the Diamondbacks are for real this season," 3 May 2018 The company, in various forms over the years, scooped up many of the papers in Northern and Southern California and became known for aggressive cuts and sharing reporters across publications. Andrew Khouri,, "Southern California News Group asks for public support — and perhaps a shift to nonprofit status — amid cuts," 17 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scoop.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scoop

Dictionary Entries near scoop





scoop bonnet

scoop car

scoop net

Phrases Related to scoop

scoop up

the scoop

Statistics for scoop

Last Updated

7 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scoop

The first known use of scoop was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scoop



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.


\ ˈsküp \

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


\ ˈsküp \

Medical Definition of scoop 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on scoop

What made you want to look up scoop? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


alleviating pain or harshness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!