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[stoo k, stook] /stʊk, stuk/ Chiefly British and Canadian.
shock2 (def 1).
verb (used with object)
shock2 (def 2).
verb (used without object)
to stack sheaves of grain; form a pile of straw.
Origin of stook
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English stouk, Old English stūc heap; cognate with Middle Low German stūke, German Stauche; akin to stock
Related forms
stooker, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Eva sat on the top of a stook with her mouth open; the lark underneath, doubtless in no better plight.

  • stook; a shock of corn, generally containing twelve sheaves.

  • They were tied only at the seed end, and the base of the stalks was spread out forming a tent-shaped stack, called a stook.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • If the season is late, as is usual with us, then mid-September sees the corn still standing in stook.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • The wheat usually stands only a week in stook, and is then threshed on the field.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan Frances Halton Eva Hasell
  • Maida went in headlong after her, and the stook began to be much agitated in various directions.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • He found a cornfield with a half-built stack, and sheaves in stook.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • And then, one Sunday afternoon, after the wheat was all in stook, came another incident to change the course of his career.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • The water was mild and blue, and the corn stood drowsily in "stook."

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • We worked for Mr. Keefer until the last sheaf of his six hundred acre crop was in stook.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
British Dictionary definitions for stook


a number of sheaves set upright in a field to dry with their heads together
(transitive) to set up (sheaves) in stooks
Derived Forms
stooker, noun
Word Origin
C15: variant of stouk, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German stūke, Old High German stūhha sleeve
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