\ ˈsküp How to pronounce scoop (audio) \

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 upscoop 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 How to pronounce scoopful (audio) \ noun


scoopable \ ˈskü-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce scoopable (audio) \ adjective
scooper noun

Synonyms for scoop

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of scoop in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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 Shape truffle mixture into 1-inch balls using a small ice cream scoop or spoon. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Bewitching Candy Truffles," 13 Sep. 2019 The crazy rumours surrounding United and a £90m bid Declan Rice that emerged this week were the result of a tabloid unashamedly spinning conjecture from 1990s former Leeds and Coventry player Noel Whelan into a sensationalised transfer scoop., "5 Midfielders Man Utd Could Attempt to Sign in January Transfer Window," 12 Sep. 2019 Here’s the scoop on fruit pouches worth tucking into that lunchbox — and the ones that are likely to get tossed. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-off: The best lunchbox fruit pouches at Bay Area markets," 9 Sep. 2019 And don’t forget dessert at the Ben & Jerry’s stand, offering a small scoop for $6.50 or a shake for $11. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "US Open: Fans with deep pockets springing for Honey Deuce, other high-priced concessions," 3 Sep. 2019 Pepperoni’s distinctive pepperonis (which look like little scoops). Daily Pilot, "On Food: Top 5 noodle creations and other treats at Foodbeast’s Nood Beach festival," 3 Sep. 2019 Sirus, the proprietor of the establishment, estimated that that six scoops probably equaled about 2,000 pounds. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Tow With Front-Wheel Drive?," 2 Sep. 2019 The scoop: Tuna also packs a high amount of healthy fats and omega-3s. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 The officials initially determined the play was an incomplete pass by Goff and the play had been blown dead, wiping out Jordan’s scoop-and-score. oregonlive, "Watch: New Orleans Saints burned again by blown call in game against the Los Angeles Rams," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some of this is preventable, Hughes says. Because frogs are moisture-seeking and crops have more moisture at night, Hughes and team suggest day harvesting to avoid scooping up critters. The Washington Post,, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 2019 The tech giant’s treatment of news sometimes seems like an afterthought, with the company content to have its search and aggregation features scoop up content. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google is redesigning its News tab with more emphasis on headlines and publisher names," 12 July 2019 Look into your china hutch for a treasured heirloom, or scoop up a few colorful and cheap ones from a yard sale. Sarah Shelton, Good Housekeeping, "10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen," 30 May 2019 In 1918, the idea of scooping out the muck and creating an anchorage was floated again, but this time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stepped in, saying such an undertaking was simply impractical. Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96," 11 Sep. 2019 Use a spoon to scoop out a small layer of the fruit to create a small indentation. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 2019 Start out with clean, dry, hands and with two fingers scoop out a bit of Cold Cream Cleanser from the jar. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Classic Drugstore Cleanser Is Sold Once Every 15 Seconds," 30 June 2019 Exilien began his work by reaching into the hole to scoop out the freshest layer. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019 Using a spoon, remove the seeds and scoop out the innards being careful not to pierce through the tomato flesh., "Recipe: Chorizo-Stuffed Tomatoes," 12 June 2019

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

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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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