scoop

noun
\ 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

scoop

verb
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

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

Banana splits, with their tall scoops of ice cream and drizzles of sauce and pert cherries, made frequent appearances in my childhood. Daniela Galarza, The Denver Post, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 4 Sep. 2019 The smooth, empty scoops in its face seemed profoundly interested in her. Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker, "The Stone," 2 Sep. 2019 Banana splits, with their tall scoops of ice cream and drizzles of sauce and pert cherries, made frequent appearances in my childhood. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, "This stunning dessert is everything you love about banana splits, but in pie form," 30 Aug. 2019 Serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream and Summer Berry Sauce for a stunning dessert. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three refreshing blueberry desserts," 24 July 2019 Indiana Pork Producers replace ice cream with three scoops of savory stuff: pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Hash brown grilled cheese! Here are 22 new foods at the 2019 Indiana State Fair," 5 Aug. 2018 The creations are Instagram-ready, with scoops cradled in bubble-textured waffle cones, bedazzled with sprinkles and colorful bits of cereal and drizzled with caramel and Nutella. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "25-Plus Popular Ice Cream Spots In Connecticut," 21 May 2018 The chain’s famous King Kong Sundae, made with more than 24 scoops of ice cream and lit up with sparklers. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Throws Birthday Bash to Celebrate Twins Turning 10 — See Their Impressive Cakes!," 23 Feb. 2018 Below, get the inside scoop on how to achieve the look of some of our favorite House Calls bedrooms. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "15 bedroom decor ideas to steal now," 19 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One rescuer gently scooped up an elderly man in his arms and walked toward a pickup truck waiting to evacuate him and others to higher ground. Michael Weissenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Bahamians begin rescues as Hurricane Dorian moves on toward the U.S. coast," 4 Sep. 2019 One rescuer gently scooped up an elderly man in his arms and walked toward a pickup truck waiting to evacuate him and others to higher ground. Ramon Eepinosa, Time, "Bahamians Begin Rescue Operations as Hurricane Dorian Moves Toward the U.S. Coast," 4 Sep. 2019 One rescuer gently scooped up an elderly man in his arms and walked toward a pickup truck waiting to evacuate him and others to higher ground. Anchorage Daily News, "Dorian leaves Bahamas with a flattened landscape and fears of a high death toll," 4 Sep. 2019 One rescuer gently scooped up an elderly man in his arms and walked toward a pickup truck waiting to evacuate him and others to higher ground. Washington Post, "Bahamians begin rescues as Dorian moves on toward US coast," 4 Sep. 2019 One rescuer gently scooped up an elderly man in his arms and walked toward a pickup truck waiting to evacuate him and others to higher ground. Ramon Espinosa, BostonGlobe.com, "Following widspread destruction, rescues begin in Bahamas as Dorian moves towards Florida," 4 Sep. 2019 After quarterback Kyle Sloter lost the ball, Bills linebacker Deon Lacey scooped it up and ran 58 yards before Boone ran him down and made the tackle at the Vikings’ 11. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings running backs showed plenty of versatility in a strong preseason," 30 Aug. 2019 In July and August, the hatchlings emerge, and the mother scoops them up in her mouth and carries them to a body of water. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why Florida Crocs Are Thriving Outside a Nuclear Power Plant," 23 July 2019 If the sandstone is really hard, use explosives to bust it into smaller pieces before scooping it up with excavation equipment. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of scoop

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scoop

Noun

Middle English scope, from Middle Dutch schope; akin to Old High German skepfen to shape — more at shape

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scoop

noun

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

scoop

verb

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.

scoop

noun
\ 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

scoop

verb
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

scoop

noun
\ ˈsküp How to pronounce scoop (audio) \

Medical Definition of scoop

: a spoon-shaped surgical instrument used in extracting various materials (as pus or foreign bodies)

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