Definition of scoop in English:

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Pronunciation: /skuːp/


1A utensil resembling a spoon, with a short handle and a deep bowl, used for removing dry or semi-solid substances from a container: the powder is packed in tubs in which a measuring scoop is provided
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  • An alterative method is to record the number of feed containers (weigh scoops, coffee cans, etc.) used to feed the sows over a period of several days and determine the average amount consumed per day.
  • If you're putting out flour, every plastic or metal thing in your house can be a scoop or a container.
  • When the kids arrive, they see a big tarp piled with 10 pounds of flour, bowls, scoops, and sifters.
spoon, ladle, dipper;
1.1A short-handled deep shovel used for moving grain, coal, etc.
1.2A moving bowl-shaped part of a digging machine, dredger, or other mechanism into which material is gathered.
Example sentences
  • I have seen, wavering below, as if viewed through heat waves or clear, deep water, what appears to be a fantastic siege machinery - an elaborate system of scoops, cables & wheels.
1.3A long-handled spoon-like surgical instrument.
1.4A quantity taken up by a scoop: an apple pie with scoops of ice cream on top
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  • The city's worth a visit for that alone - three scoops of high-roast ground Cuban coffee to a trickle of scalding water, served in sugary shot measures that simply electrify the system.
  • The title poem of his new collection is a rangy, long-lined meditation dishing up great scoops of modern life.
  • Take small scoops of dough and roll to form small balls 2 inches in diameter.
spoonful, ladleful, portion, lump, ball
informal dollop
2 informal A piece of news published by a newspaper or broadcast by a television or radio station in advance of its rivals: reporters at the city’s three tabloid papers usually compete for scoops
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  • A scoop by the tabloid newspaper announced that he had sent him to visit a rehab clinic to observe the dangers of drug use.
  • One of her answers became the headline of the resulting scoop for his newspaper.
  • The station's recent news scoop on the controversy meant that it had the only television interview with the judge.
exclusive (story), inside story, exposé, revelation;
the latest
2.1 (the scoop) North American The latest information about something: ‘What’s the scoop, old-timer?’
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  • It was a mad and informative place to get the scoop on your favourite anything and like the rest of the internet, someone always had advice for you whether you needed it or not.
  • He has the scoop on current initiatives afoot to inform you of the latest flaws and fixes.
  • All the women in town turned to her for the latest scoop on everything.
3An exaggerated upward slide or portamento in singing.
Example sentences
  • We all know the vocal scoops and the arpeggiated guitar lines by heart.


1 [with object and adverbial] Pick up and move (something) with a scoop: I scooped the grain into the bag
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  • In the long troughs off to one side, he scooped a grain mix from the two barrels in the wagon.
  • Mumbling and feeling awkward, Tristan moved to scoop a spoonful but the spoon hit the bowl and some of it splattered onto Tristan's chest.
  • ‘One chocolate milkshake coming up,’ Mike said cheerfully and began scooping some ice cream into a large silver cup.
1.1Create (a hollow or hole) with or as if with a scoop: a hole was scooped out in the floor of the dwelling
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  • As I look out from my hole, I count eight other holes that turtles have scooped out at the base of this particular bush.
  • He slowly knelt down and scooped out a small hole and placed his hand in it.
  • In real life, the flour produced slides down into the hole scooped out of the grinding-stone at its base.
hollow out, gouge out, dig, excavate, cut out
remove, take out, spoon out, scrape out, ladle out;
bail out
1.2Pick up (someone or something) in a swift, fluid movement: he laughed and scooped her up in his arms
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  • She stopped walking, turned to him, and with one swift movement knelt down and scooped him up in her comforting arms.
  • He swam up to me, the water reaching halfway up my stomach, and then stood up, scooping me up in the same fluid motion.
  • With a practiced movement she scooped it back into her hand, held it protectively against her chest.
pick up, gather up, lift, sweep up, catch up, take up;
snatch up, grab;
remove, clear away
2 [with object] informal Publish a news story before (a rival reporter, newspaper, or broadcaster): time and again we have scooped our rivals with the top stories and pictures
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  • You'd dial the number, then keep the line open while you encouraged the whole of the web to blitz it, thus scooping all of your rivals.
  • He declared categorically that it would, and while I thought that was a big scoop the news desk didn't, and gave it two paras on an inside page.
  • In recent months, a whole herd of environmental journalists have claimed to scoop the latest massacre of elephants at the hands of ivory traders, but the true story could lie elsewhere.
2.1Win (an amount of money, a prize, or a trophy): they scooped £250,000 on the pools
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  • According to this almost Orwellian way of thinking, a frozen carton of milk would be a better vanilla ice cream than either of them - and an ordinary ice cube would presumably scoop the highest prize of all.
  • One lucky punter who wins the main prize draw will also scoop a delicious £200,000 as part of the loyalty promo.
  • We are blown away as he scoops the lucrative second prize again.
3 [no object] (In singing) preface notes with an exaggerated upward slide or portamento: she has a tendency to scoop up to the initial notes of phrases
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  • Soprano Jeannette Vreeland tends to scoop between her notes, yet, in her defense, this was a stylistic quirk that had not completely died by 1937.
  • He scoops, and not much can induce him to sing softer than forte.



Pronunciation: /ˈskuːpə/
Example sentences
  • The scoopers are on their way to homes in urban areas following confirmation that there has been a significant increase in the number of licensed dogs in the county over the past number of years.
  • Staff will also be talking to dog walkers, offering helpful advice and information about training their pets and coming to the park prepared with plastic bags and scoopers.
  • After graduating from the same high school as his partner and childhood friend, he enrolled in Ohio's Oberlin College to study pre-med, supplementing his income as a scooper in the college cafeteria's ice cream kiosk.


Pronunciation: /ˈskuːpfʊl/
Example sentences
  • The Silk Road Aromatherapy and Tea Company on Government Street - run by two local women who trained as tea masters in China - offers a delightful range of teapots and mugs with lids, as well as a variety of tea blends sold loose by the scoopful.
  • Mia casually played with her cereal, swirling the spoon between the Cheerios and milk before taking a scoopful, sucking the milk between her teeth first and then eating the little circles.
  • The parents said they were using a powdered formula, adding one scoopful to a bottle and filling it with water to the 8-oz level.


Middle English (originally denoting a utensil for pouring liquids): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōpe 'waterwheel bucket'; from a West Germanic base meaning 'draw water'; related to the verb shape.

  • shape from Old English:

    An Old English word related to scoop (Middle English) that originally meant ‘to create’. The origins of to lick into shape go back to early medieval animal lore which claimed that bear cubs were born as formless lumps and were licked into shape by their mother. This belief seems to have persisted for some time, as the current use does not appear until the early 17th century. In Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 Gloucester (later Richard III) compares his deformed body to ‘an unlick'd bear-whelp That carries no impression like the dam’. Since then other versions including to knock and whip someone into shape have come into use, possibly reflecting the former popularity of corporal punishment as a parenting tool.

Words that rhyme with scoop

bloop, cock-a-hoop, coop, croup, droop, drupe, dupe, goop, group, Guadeloupe, hoop, loop, poop, recoup, roup, sloop, snoop, soup, stoep, stoop, stoup, stupe, swoop, troop, troupe, whoop

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