stoop

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verb

stooped; stooping; stoops

intransitive verb

1
a
: to bend the body or a part of the body forward and downward sometimes simultaneously bending the knees
b
: to stand or walk with a forward inclination of the head, body, or shoulders
2
3
a
: to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or status
b
: to lower oneself morally
stooped to lying
4
a
archaic : to move down from a height : alight
b
: to fly or dive down swiftly usually to attack prey

transitive verb

1
2
: to bend (a part of the body) forward and downward

stoop

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noun (1)

1
a
: an act of bending the body forward
b
: a temporary or habitual forward bend of the back and shoulders
2
: the descent of a bird especially on its prey
3
: a lowering of oneself

stoop

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noun (2)

: a porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda at a house door

Examples of stoop in a Sentence

Verb She stooped down to hug the child. He had to stoop to pick it up. He tends to stoop as he walks. He really did that? I didn't think he could stoop so low. Noun (2) the stoop at the front entrance is just big enough to shield a resident from the elements as he fumbles for his keys
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The well-wishers stooped to kiss Ahed in her wheelchair and thank God for her health. Seth Klamann, The Denver Post, 21 May 2024 Yet even at her most severe, Eliot never stooped to simple snobbery. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024
Noun
Twenty-six months since the CSX coal-export terminal exploded in Curtis Bay, breaking windows and sending a thick layer of carcinogenic coal dust into the air, that dust still covers cars and clotheslines, stoops, slides and kids’ bicycles. Chloe Ahmann, Baltimore Sun, 18 Feb. 2024 Ksenia Sereda’s intimate shots of men gathering on a stoop while listening to the radio and passing around beers paint a picture of a vibrant community. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for stoop 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian; akin to Swedish stupa to fall, plunge, Old English stēap steep, deep

Noun (2)

Dutch stoep; akin to Old English stæpe step — more at step

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1755, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoop was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Stoop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stoop. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

stoop

1 of 3 verb
1
a
: to bend down or over
b
: to stand or walk with the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body bent forward
2
: to degrade oneself
stoop to lying

stoop

2 of 3 noun
1
: an act of bending the body forward
2
: a forward bend of the back and shoulders that is temporary or by habit

stoop

3 of 3 noun
: a porch, platform, or entrance stairway at a house door
Etymology

Verb

Old English stūpian "to stoop, bend over"

Noun

from Dutch stoep "porch, stoop"

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