[stoo k, stook]Chiefly British and Canadian.
- to stack sheaves of grain; form a pile of straw.
Origin of stook
1400–50; late Middle English stouk, Old English stūc heap; cognate with Middle Low German stūke, German Stauche; akin to stock
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Examples from the Web for stook
He found a cornfield with a half-built stack, and sheaves in stook.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
Stook; a shock of corn, generally containing twelve sheaves.English As We Speak It in Ireland
P. W. Joyce
The water was mild and blue, and the corn stood drowsily in "stook."
Eva sat on the top of a stook with her mouth open; the lark underneath, doubtless in no better plight.The Art and Practice of Hawking
Edward B. Michell
If the season is late, as is usual with us, then mid-September sees the corn still standing in stook.
- a number of sheaves set upright in a field to dry with their heads together
- (tr) to set up (sheaves) in stooks
C15: variant of stouk, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German stūke, Old High German stūhha sleeve
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