\ 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 Ahead of the Thursday night’s big episode, EW called up to Nowalk to get all the scoop on what to expect, how this changes the game, and what this might mean for their eventual end game. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder creator," 21 Nov. 2019 The United States Postal Service has a scoop on the fluffy, scruffy mystery man who shimmies down chimneys in a red coat once a year: his street address, including his ZIP code. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Where does Santa Claus live? Postal Service has released his exact address. Yes, it's in the North Pole," 18 Nov. 2019 Butlers and housekeepers often have the inside scoop on offshore bank accounts and business deals, not to mention the strange and weird fetishes of their employers. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Work at a House Like Downton Abbey Today," 16 Sep. 2019 Matthew Mazur, better known as MAZURBATE, DJ'ed the fete and gave Billboard the exclusive scoop on the high-energy playlist. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "Janelle Monaé Shuts Down Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano Goes Pop & More of NYFW's Best Music Moments," 13 Sep. 2019 Carolyn Said has the scoop on Uber’s last-ditch effort to stop its drivers from becoming employees in California under AB5. Owen Thomas,, "California has gone quiet on Google. It needs to speak up," 11 Sep. 2019 But Siekman, a former longtime fundraiser for Boehner, had the inside scoop on his favorite. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio Senate budget bill passes unanimously: Capitol Letter," 21 June 2019 Bonus: Through the Nat Geo Global Explorers program, kids can get the scoop on storytelling and exploring from the pros. Michael S. Nolan, National Geographic, "Stay and Play," 12 June 2019 Here’s the scoop on where to enjoy this beautiful barrio like a local: Where to Shop Nearby Calle Serrano may be home to designer labels, but Salases’ lanes are lined with one-of-a-kind shops curated by Madrid’s burgeoning creatives. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To do that, the team used remote sensing data to identify slicks along the coast of Hawaii then used tow surveys to scoop up plankton and larval fish in them. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Newly Identified Fish Nurseries Are Choked With Plastic," 5 Nov. 2019 Use a spatula to scoop all the filling into a plastic ziptop or piping bag. Sheela Prakash,, "The Kitchn: Thanksgiving deviled eggs," 1 Nov. 2019 Use a spoon to scoop the flesh, without any charred skin, into the bowl. Los Angeles Times, "Simple tricks for the most delicious eggplant dip," 8 Oct. 2019 Quarter the pears lengthwise, then using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop the core out of each piece. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Roasting fall fruit deepens their flavor and nourishes the senses," 1 Oct. 2019 Posie’s scooping case rides at around 10 degrees Farenheit, allowing traces of heat to limber up the ice cream enough to form rounded scoops. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Garlic slices through the nutty richness; use the restaurant’s crusty bread to scoop up the sauce. Glendale News-Press, "Review: Glendale’s Havlabar serves up cheesy khachapuri and Georgian soup dumplings," 5 Sep. 2019 As for the shovel jaw, the dinosaur used it to scoop aquatic plants from wet sediment near the sea that covered much of Big Bend. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "After years in a drawer, 'strange' Big Bend dinosaur identified as new species," 17 July 2019 The men attached it to a versatile tool astronauts use to scoop soil and rock samples from the Moon’s surface. Fox News, "Golf on the Moon: How Alan Shepard tricked NASA and hit the most famous shot in history," 9 July 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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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scoop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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