\ 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

Other Words from scoop


scoopful \ ˈsküp-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce scoop (audio) \ noun


scoopable \ ˈskü-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce scoop (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 How did San Diego scoop up Melvin, a successful and veteran manager under contract, without coughing up so much as an Amazon gift card? San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2021 The scoop of ice cream alongside them, like eucalyptus. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Now with Eternals finally in theaters, EW has the full scoop, straight from cast members Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Don Lee, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, and Kumail Nanjiani. Devan Coggan,, 9 Nov. 2021 In the meantime, without those changes, here’s the scoop on 2022: 401(k)s. Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Here’s the scoop on all the spooky, and non-spooky, fall activities and events. Wendy Fox Weber,, 15 Oct. 2021 His first major scoop was breaking the news that Jack Kemp was to be the running mate of presidential candidate Bob Dole in 1996. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 13 Oct. 2021 With nine carving pieces, including a pumpkin scoop, three saws, and five professional carving tools, you're guaranteed to create a masterpiece of a jack-o'-lantern with this pumpkin carving tool kit. Nicol Natale, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2021 Plus, the scoop on where to get a free cup of joe today. Jess Grey, Wired, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes helicopters arrived to scoop them up without warning for assignments they hadn’t been briefed on. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Variety asked Kilar, Forssell and Sarnoff about the mood on the studio lot since news broke that Discovery would scoop them up — specifically referencing previous reports about fear and confusion over the days ahead. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 But the striker was swarmed immediately, first by Robin Jansson, then by Kyle Smith, who bumped Dwyer off the ball just long enough for Gallese to scoop it up. Julia Poe,, 17 July 2021 With one hand, scoop the edge of dough on the farthest side from you and stretch slightly to gather it in the middle. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Nov. 2021 Once dough has chilled, scoop into balls that are slightly bigger than a golf ball. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 For a night out on the town, scoop up this mini sunshine yellow bucket bag that's $250 off, or this colorful chevron camera bag that's 71 percent off. Alex Warner,, 4 Aug. 2021 Country star Maren Morris -- or any singer looking for a solid, ominous groove to buttress their next tell-off -- should scoop it up. Anthony Cougar Miccio, Billboard, 28 Oct. 2021 Using a soup spoon, scoop the squash out of its skin and add it to the pot. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021

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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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