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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
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
More example sentences
  • 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
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.

noun

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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.
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.

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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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.
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.

Origin

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

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