\ ˈsküp \

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 \ noun


scoopable \ ˈskü-​pə-​bəl \ 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

But if a reason is a must, then celebrating National Ice Cream Day is the answer. Sunday, July 15, marks the annual holiday, and several Louisville parlors are getting in on the fun with discounts on scoops, cones and shakes. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with deals at these Louisville shops," 13 July 2018 Using a two-ounce scoop, form meatballs about the size of a golf ball. Claire Perez,, "Noodles Panini’s meatballs and sauce a family recipe," 9 July 2018 And while the body of publicly available information about the Russia scandal is already extensive, the way it has been delivered — scoop after scoop of discrete nuggets of information — has been disorienting and difficult to follow. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 But the film retained the underlying storyline of The Front Page, with its farcical mash-up of political corruption, criminal haplessness and journalistic ruthlessness in pursuit of the ever-elusive, adrenaline-inciting scoop. Julia M. Klein,, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 Someone once gave me this great concept of a level one and level two scoop. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 In between having her hair styled and her dress fitted for last night's Emmy Awards, Marin Hinkle, who plays Midge's mom in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, found time to give us the inside scoop on what's to come for season 2. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Marin Hinkle From The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Shares a Teaser About Season 2," 18 Sep. 2018 The character, Jean-Baptiste de la Battellerie, was a restless, colorful reporter always on the lookout for scoops. Elian Peltier,, "Philippe de Baleine, 96, editor and worldly writer," 9 July 2018 On particularly hot days, duck in for a scoop of Gatorade sorbet, which is basically a health food. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Best Ice Cream in the U.S.," 5 July 2018

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In the second half of the month when retail investors retreat for the holidays, institutional investors scoop up bargains. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Need a Santa Claus Rally to Avoid a Losing Year," 17 Dec. 2018 In batches, scoop batter by scant 1/4-cupfuls into skillet, spreading to 3 1/2 inches each. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Easy Recipe Alert: How to Make Pancakes," 23 July 2018 Hundreds of miles from this dense forest, the animals were scooped up in harnesses dangling from construction cranes. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "A 21st-century Noah’s ark transports animals back to places where they’ve been wiped out.," 18 May 2018 And there’s two intriguing rookies GM Chris Ballard scooped up in last week’s draft, North Carolina State’s Nyheim Hines and Mississippi’s Jordan Wilkins. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Is Marlon Mack ready to become the Colts' lead back?," 7 May 2018 The first superhero film with an all-black cast had a strong opening in the world's second-largest film market, scooping up $67 million in ticket sales in just three days. Gaochao Zhang,, "'Black Panther' has solid debut in China on its way to $1 billion in global ticket sales," 13 Mar. 2018 The building was saved, however, when the New York Institute of Technology scooped it up in 1987 in exchange for its removal from the Harrison property. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "First American Project by Desert Modernism Architect to be Rebuilt in Palm Springs," 23 Feb. 2018 On Houston's, next possession Paul navigated a high screen, slithered into the paint and scooped in a right-handed layup between three defenders. Mike Richman,, "Chris Paul leads Houston Rockets past Portland Trail Blazers, 121-112: Rapid reaction," 10 Jan. 2018 At the ceremony Legend scooped up a trophy for his producing work on Jesus Chris Superstar Live in Concert, making him the youngest person and first black man to achieve EGOT status, which is an incredible feat. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "John Legend Just Achieved EGOT Status—so Chrissy Teigen Obviously Roasted Him," 10 Sep. 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.


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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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