\ 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 This Halloween, the scariest costume for trick-or-treating on the Upper East Side is a jewel-tone cardigan over a black scoop-neck., "Billionaires beware: Elizabeth Warren is coming for your candy.," 19 Oct. 2019 Further variations of the tunic may include a scoop neck rather than a high neckline, or sleeves of varying lengths. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, "Country singer Kacey Musgraves sexualized, disrespected Vietnamese outfit, critics say," 14 Oct. 2019 Their scoop shops will not be running out of black raspberry chip, according to a spokesperson. Polly Campbell,, "During the Graeter's black raspberry chip drought, don't panic. It won't be long," 8 Oct. 2019 Grand Avenue is home to one of our favorite classic scoop shops, Grand Ole Creamery. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Where to go for brunch, ice cream, scones and more? You asked, we answered.," 3 Oct. 2019 October 4 Last day to try the three new flavors created by Anaheim fifth-grade students at Salt & Straw scoop shop. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "September Disneyland Resort Reporter: Calendar," 19 Sep. 2019 Although an opening date has yet to be confirmed, Jeni's will launch a scoop shop at 375 W. 19th St. in the space formerly occupied by Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams to open scoop shop, bring its creative flavors to the Heights," 19 Sep. 2019 This Seattle scoop shop makes an exceedingly creamy version, with not an ice granule to be found. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Vegan Ice Cream That Made Me Actually Like Vegan Ice Cream," 10 Sep. 2019 Here, Adam Sperling, the property's general manager, gives T&C the inside scoop on what guests can expect. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Hotel Commonwealth," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cut butternut squash lengthwise in half and scoop out and discard seeds. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Thyme and Shallot Roasted Butternut Squash," 23 Oct. 2019 Cut squash in half; scoop out and discard the insides. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sausage and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash," 21 Oct. 2019 After undergoing anesthesia, Evans underwent an upper endoscopy (a camera was put down her throat and the ring scooped out), and the offending jewelry was located just beyond her stomach, in her intestines. Rachel Desantis,, "Woman Who Dreamed She Swallowed Her Engagement Ring Wakes Up to Learn She Actually Did," 19 Sep. 2019 Some of this is preventable, Hughes says. Because frogs are moisture-seeking and crops have more moisture at night, Hughes and team suggest day harvesting to avoid scooping up critters. The Washington Post,, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 2019 The tech giant’s treatment of news sometimes seems like an afterthought, with the company content to have its search and aggregation features scoop up content. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google is redesigning its News tab with more emphasis on headlines and publisher names," 12 July 2019 Look into your china hutch for a treasured heirloom, or scoop up a few colorful and cheap ones from a yard sale. Sarah Shelton, Good Housekeeping, "10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen," 30 May 2019 In 1918, the idea of scooping out the muck and creating an anchorage was floated again, but this time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stepped in, saying such an undertaking was simply impractical. Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Epstein, last of the Marina del Rey developers, dies at 96," 11 Sep. 2019 Use a spoon to scoop out a small layer of the fruit to create a small indentation. Brittany Anas, The Know, "What Colorado’s top chefs cook when they go camping," 12 Aug. 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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How to pronounce scoop (audio)

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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