\ 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 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 How to pronounce scoopful (audio) \ noun


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

Keep reading to get the inside scoop on some of my favorite products to use to get the bushy brow look, even when my actual eyebrow hair is looking sparse at best. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I'm Obsessed With Having Killer Eyebrows and These Are the Products I Swear By," 18 Apr. 2019 Redbook sat down with stars Lisa Edelstein (who plays best-selling author Abby McCarthy) and Beau Garrett (who plays free spirit Phoebe), to celebrate their return and get the scoop on the new season. Andra Chantim, Redbook, "The Stars of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Spill on the New Season," 16 Aug. 2017 Try a sprinkle-coated or dipped cone, or a scoop of ice cream decorated with a cheerful candy face. Annie Zaleski,, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 Slice the fruit to add sweet notes to a salad, or halve and grill apricots to caramelize the sugars before serving alongside a scoop of ice cream. Noelle Carter,, "Tarts, salsa, jam and more ideas for apricots, now in season," 15 June 2018 This iconic creamery located near the airport has many flavors, but nothing looks better on Instagram against the store’s teal walls than a scoop of rum swizzle or dark and stormy ice cream. Lyndsey Matthews, ELLE Decor, "Bermuda is the Ultimate Destination for Those Obsessed with the Color Pink," 12 June 2018 Sangria is somewhere in between, and a frozen margarita can have more calories than a scoop of ice cream. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What you need to know about summer weight gain (and how to avoid it)," 9 June 2018 Divide among bowls and top with large scoops of ice cream. Bon Appetit, "Cinnamon-Oat Peach Crisp," 28 May 2018 And this is the inside scoop on how-to: Plan in advance …as in, start planning now. Kentucky Derby Festival, The Courier-Journal, "How to Plan the Ultimate Girls' Trip During the Kentucky Derby Festival," 21 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Inside a Candleholder One of the easiest — and fastest! — ways to get rid of wax residue is to run steaming-hot tap water over the holder, scooping out whatever's inside with your fingers or a paper towel. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 Just snip a leaf as close to the stem as possible and scoop it out or rub the cut-end on your sore spots. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Sunburn Itches — And How to Stop It," 19 Apr. 2019 Even without those exclusives, the site rivals TMZ; the Shade Room has more than 10 million more followers on Instagram than TMZ does and has scooped it on several big stories, like Beyoncé going into labor in 2017. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 But the referee awarded it after goal-line technology ruled the ball crossed the line before Buffon scooped it away. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Mbappe scores 20th league goal as PSG routs Montpellier 5-1," 20 Feb. 2019 In other words, despite his reality TV bonafides, Trump still doesn't grasp the concept of spoilers and/or scooping himself. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "America Doesn't Need the State of the Union Address Anymore—Especially Not From Trump," 5 Feb. 2019 Or the time her mom scooped her up, turned on the TV and told her to stay in her room until the punching stopped. Jeremy Fuchs,, "Life After Escaping the World of Human Trafficking," 10 May 2018 The platter comes with warm flatbread for scooping everything up. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Taste Baghdad and beyond at The Goodness Land in Boise | Idaho Statesman," 12 Apr. 2018 Have plenty of chips and veggies on hand for scooping up this crowd-pleasing dip. Grant Butler,, "Every recipe you need for Super Bowl 2018, including hot wings, chili, cornbread, casseroles and dips," 1 Feb. 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.


\ ˈsküp How to pronounce scoop (audio) \

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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