There are 2 definitions of stoop in English:

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Pronunciation: /stuːp
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Bend one’s head or body forwards and downwards: he stooped down and reached towards the coin Linda stooped to pick up the bottles [with object]: the man stoops his head
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    bend down, bend, lean over, lean down, kneel, crouch down, squat down, hunker down, hunch down
    North American informal scooch
    lower, bend, incline, bow, duck
  • 1.1Have the head and shoulders habitually bent forwards: he tends to stoop when he walks (as adjective stooping) a thin, stooping figure (as adjective stooped) a stooped old man
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    hunch one's shoulders, walk with a stoop, be round-shouldered
  • 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 woman
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    • 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?
    Synonyms
    lower oneself, sink, descend, resort; be reduced, go as far as, sink as low as
  • 2.1 [with infinitive] archaic Condescend to do something: the princes now and then stooped to pay a nominal homage
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    • 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.
  • 3(Of a bird of prey) swoop down on a quarry: we witnessed an eagle stooping on its prey
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    • 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.

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  • 1 [in singular] A posture in which the head and shoulders are habitually bent forwards: a tall, thin man with a stoop
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    hunch, droop/sag of the shoulders; round-shoulderedness
    technical curvature of the spine, kyphosis
  • 2The downward swoop of a bird of prey.
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    • 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.

Origin

Old English stūpian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to the adjective steep1. Both senses of the noun date from the late 16th century.

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There are 2 definitions of stoop in English:

stoop2

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Pronunciation: /stuːp
 
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noun

North American
  • A porch with steps in front of a house or other building.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Dutch stoep (see stoep).

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