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

Example Sentences

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.

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 30 Nov. 2022.

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

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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

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noun

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

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