- 1Bend one’s head or body forward and downward: he stooped down and reached toward the coin Linda stooped to pick up the bottles [with object]: the man stoops his headMore example sentences
- I was pruning the flowerbeds, mowing the grass, that sort of thing, and had just stooped down to pick up a piece of litter when a red rubber ball landed about twenty centimetres from me.
- Instinctively Loretta stooped down to pick it up.
- Jorge stooped down, picked it up and dusted it off.
- 1.1Have the head and shoulders habitually bent forward: he tends to stoop when he walks (as adjective stooping) a thin, stooping figureMore example sentences
hunch one's shoulders, walk with a stoop, be round-shouldered
- During the Brixton riots inquiry in 1981 his tall, stooping figure appeared regularly on television.
- Though he stoops over as if gravity is dragging down his meaty shoulders, Rod standing tall is six feet six inches and 270 pounds.
- His injuries healed but as he grew bigger the scar tissue contracted and he began to stoop like an old man.
- 1.2(Of a bird of prey) swoop down on a quarry.More example sentences
- Occasionally, a kite stoops and grabs a dragonfly, one of its favorite meals.
- Splendid aerial displays are described, the birds climbing several hundred feet before stooping at tremendous speed at each other until almost at ground-level when the performance is repeated.
- I found this out recently when I suddenly got the urge to go, having seen a falcon stoop at a distance as I was driving.
- 2Lower one’s moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible: Craig wouldn’t stoop to thieving she was unwilling to believe that anyone could stoop so low as to steal from a dead womanMore example sentences
- When you see ideological opponents stoop to a barrage of personal insults, do you think that they've scored a political point?
- I don't believe our youths would stoop so low as to desecrate the graves or vandalise the cemetery.
- If some moron can stoop so low as to steal a wheelchair from an 82-year-old lady, what are we coming to?
- 2.1 [with infinitive] Condescend to do something.More example sentences
- He does not stoop to deny the charge against the president, instead he points out the signifier of the true moralist: the man who tears up the constitution when politically expedient.
- He would not stoop to ask for any man's compliments, praises, flatteries; and he would be far above exacting them.
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- 1 [in singular] A posture in which the head and shoulders are habitually bent forward: a tall, thin man with a stoopMore example sentences
- He noticed a beginning, almost imperceptible touch of red around her eyes, a stoop to her shoulders that had not been there before.
- Now 71, he is tanned and tall, with a slight stoop.
- Tuck was angular and lean, with a slight stoop, as he is today.
- 2The downward swoop of a bird of prey.More example sentences
- We were watching Annie, another centre falconer, luring a young lanner through a pattern of stoops and dives after a pair of meat-garnished, dried wings swung on a long cord.
- They descended on the village like a falcon in stoop.
- There was a horrible sensation of plunging into the abyss, falling, falling as swiftly as a falcon in stoop.
Old English stūpian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to the adjective steep1. Both senses of the noun date from the late 16th century.
- A porch with steps in front of a house or other building.More example sentences
- We've been sitting on the front stoop of an unlit house, blinking into the darkness, waiting, or so we thought.
- Momentarily, I will get up, take a few steps down the hallway, and peek out onto our front stoop.
- I was legitimately surprised when I saw Tucker, along with Emma and Hayden standing on the front stoop of my father's house.
mid 18th century: from Dutch stoep (see stoep).