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[skoop] /skup/
a ladle or ladlelike utensil, especially a small, deep-sided shovel with a short, horizontal handle, for taking up flour, sugar, etc.
a utensil composed of a palm-sized hollow hemisphere attached to a horizontal handle, for dishing out ice cream or other soft foods.
a hemispherical portion of food as dished out by such a utensil:
two scoops of chocolate ice cream.
the bucket of a dredge, steam shovel, etc.
Surgery. a spoonlike apparatus for removing substances or foreign objects from the body.
a hollow or hollowed-out place.
the act of ladling, dipping, dredging, etc.
the quantity held in a ladle, dipper, shovel, bucket, etc.
Journalism. a news item, report, or story first revealed in one paper, magazine, newscast, etc.; beat.
Informal. news, information, or details, especially as obtained from experience or an immediate source:
What's the scoop on working this machine?
a gathering to oneself or lifting with the arms or hands.
Informal. a big haul, as of money.
Television, Movies. a single large floodlight shaped like a flour scoop.
verb (used with object)
to take up or out with or as if with a scoop.
to empty with a scoop.
to form a hollow or hollows in.
to form with or as if with a scoop.
to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first:
They scooped all the other dailies with the story of the election fraud.
to gather up or to oneself or to put hastily by a sweeping motion of one's arms or hands:
He scooped the money into his pocket.
verb (used without object)
to remove or gather something with or as if with a scoop:
to scoop with a ridiculously small shovel.
Origin of scoop
1300-50; (noun) Middle English scope < Middle Dutch schōpe; (v.) Middle English scopen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
scooper, noun
outscoop, verb (used with object)
underscoop, noun
underscoop, verb (used with object)
unscooped, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for scooping
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  • The current which he opposes has been scooping out its channel for ages.

  • He was ladling the pobs into the child's mouth, and scooping the overflow from her chin.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The boy was down on his knees, scooping at something with his hands.

    The Young Treasure Hunter Frank V. Webster
  • "I hope I'll have five hundred like you," he said, scooping it up under his arm.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • Now I submit that this is not the Place to seek for the scooping power of a glacier.

British Dictionary definitions for scooping


a utensil used as a shovel or ladle, esp a small shovel with deep sides and a short handle, used for taking up flour, corn, etc
a utensil with a long handle and round bowl used for dispensing liquids
a utensil with a round bowl and short handle, sometimes with a mechanical device to empty the bowl, for serving ice cream or mashed potato
anything that resembles a scoop in action, such as the bucket on a dredge
a spoonlike surgical instrument for scraping or extracting foreign matter, etc, from the body
the quantity taken up by a scoop
the act of scooping, dredging, etc
a hollow cavity
(slang) a large quick gain, as of money
a news story reported in one newspaper before all the others; an exclusive
any sensational piece of news
verb (mainly transitive)
(often foll by up) to take up and remove (an object or substance) with or as if with a scoop
(often foll by out) to hollow out with or as if with a scoop: to scoop a hole in a hillside
to win (a prize, award, or large amount of money)
to beat (rival newspapers) in uncovering a news item
(sport) to hit (the ball) on its underside so that it rises into the air
Derived Forms
scooper, noun
scoopful, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Middle Dutch schōpe from Germanic; compare Old High German scephan to ladle, German schöpfen, Schaufelshovel, Dutch schoep vessel for baling
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Word Origin and History for scooping



mid-14c., "to bail out," from scoop (n.) and from Low German scheppen "to draw water," from Proto-Germanic *skuppon (cf. Old Saxon skeppian, Dutch scheppen, Old High German scaphan, German schöpfen "to scoop, ladle out"), from PIE root *skeubh- (cf. Old English sceofl "shovel," Old Saxon skufla; see shove (v.)). In the journalistic sense from 1884. Related: Scooped; scooping.



early 14c., "utensil for bailing out," from Middle Dutch schope "bucket for bailing water," from West Germanic *skopo (cf. Middle Low German schope "ladle"), from Proto-Germanic *skop-, from PIE *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (see scabies). Also from Middle Dutch schoepe "a scoop, shovel" (Dutch schop "a spade," related to German Schüppe "a shovel," also "a spade at cards").

Meaning "action of scooping" is from 1742; that of "amount in a scoop" is from 1832. Sense of "a big haul, as if in a scoop net" is from 1893. The journalistic sense of "news published before a rival" is first recorded 1874, American English, from earlier commercial slang verbal sense of "appropriate so as to exclude competitors" (c.1850).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scooping



  1. : The paper scored a major scoop with that revelation (1874+ Newspaper office)
  2. Astandardhemispherical portion of ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc; dip (1950s+ Lunch counter)
  3. fund-raising event that allows many contributions to be given at once; dump (1990s+ Politics)
  4. A designer drug, gamma hydroxybutyrate; ghb, grievous bodily harm (1990s+ Narcotics)


  1. To publish or file a news story before another newspaper or another reporter: I was afraid of being scooped, because I knew a lot of reporters were on the same story (1884+ Newspaper office)
  2. In singing, to attain a desired note by beginning lower and sliding up to pitch: In the video Forza del Destino, Renata Tebaldi sometimes scoops and has occasional bouts of flatness (1927+)
  3. To steal; pilfer (1960s+ Students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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