\ 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

Guests can even get a rich twist on their caffeine boost with a scoop of ice cream in an iced coffee. Catalina Righter,, "11 ice cream spots in Carroll County to check off your list," 9 July 2019 Richard won't be happy to hear that Camille just got her own scoop on the open case. Morgan Baila,, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 The folks behind this fully vegan (also mostly gluten-, nut-, and soy-free) creamery makes all their scoops in-house at their adorable Hollywood shop. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Find Dairy-Free and Vegan Ice Cream in L.A.," 13 June 2018 With its gaping hood scoop and massive wing, which just may be large enough to fit the entire name boggle on it, the rally car looks like a toy car out of a fanboy’s wildest dream. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Subaru WRX STi Type RA boggles the mind as most expensive Subaru," 30 May 2018 My biggest lacrosse scoop was buried in a story about Summit Country Day's Schertzinger twins and their ACL injuries. Scott Springer,, "Springer: As weather takes its toll on spring sports where is the Heat Miser?," 8 Apr. 2018 But The Screamer is returning, its obviously shareable 21 scoops of ice cream topping a brownie base and a whole lot more. Marc Bona,, "Akron RubberDucks release extreme-menu items, new concessions for 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 Little Baby’s co-owner Peter Angevine says the credit card processing fees don’t make sense considering his smallest scoop goes for $3. Rebecca Heilweil,, "Hard to spend your Benjamins at Franklin's Table, Penn's tony new food hall," 29 Mar. 2018 Stick around and learn about the science behind your free summer scoop. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Free ice cream courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry," 7 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The applicator is familiar: a fuzzy doe foot that scoops up just the right amount of gloss. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "This New Glossier Lip Gloss Is Michelle Obama Approved," 9 July 2019 But the standout save of the tournament was made by Chile's Christiane Endler in her country's opening game against Sweden, scooping the ball away from danger after being left un-sighted., "Women's World Cup: 90min Awards - Best Goal, Best Save, Breakout Star, Best Kit & More," 8 July 2019 This week, a Chicago investment firm paid $40 million for the nondescript lot, which covers barely one-third of an acre, scooping up what is effectively the last open land in the Back Bay’s high-end shopping district. Tim Logan,, "A parking lot in Boston sells for $40 million. Yes, $40 million.," 3 July 2019 Other than founder Steve Jobs, few have had more impact on the Apple products that consumers have scooped up over the past two decades. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Jony Ive leaving may be just what Apple needs now," 27 June 2019 Air tankers and water-scooping aircraft dropped retardant and water on and around the fire to slow its spread. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Wildfire danger high from Anchorage to Fairbanks, and Alaska firefighting resources are stretched thin," 26 June 2019 Many will remember producer Michael Matsumoto, who scooped up a $12,000 shack and entrusted Chip and Joanna Gaines with its massive overhaul during season 4. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A 'Fixer Upper' Producer Is Selling His Famous Home Designed by Chip and Joanna Gaines," 23 June 2019 Escobar didn’t appear to break for the plate until second baseman Joe Panik had trouble scooping Posey’s throw, but the official scorer credited Escobar with a steal, which added to a nightmare opening frame for Beede. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Alex Dickerson rewrites more Giants records, bullpen ices series-clinching win," 22 June 2019 Frederik Due managed to save Ríos’ one-on-one effort, but Lebo Moloto scooped up the rebound and curled it past the Hartford keeper. Staff Report,, "Hartford Athletic fall short against Nashville at home," 17 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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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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