- to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forward and downward from an erect position: to stoop over a desk.
- to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward: to stoop from age.
- (of trees, precipices, etc.) to bend, bow, or lean.
- to descend from one's level of dignity; condescend; deign: Don't stoop to argue with him.
- to swoop down, as a hawk at prey.
- to submit; yield.
- Obsolete. to come down from a height.
- to bend (oneself, one's head, etc.) forward and downward.
- Archaic. to abase, humble, or subdue.
- the act or an instance of stooping.
- a stooping position or carriage of body: The elderly man walked with a stoop.
- a descent from dignity or superiority.
- a downward swoop, as of a hawk.
Origin of stoop1
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- a small raised platform, approached by steps and sometimes having a roof and seats, at the entrance of a house; a small porch.
Origin of stoop2
Examples from the Web for stoop
Nobody ever says they want to become a cop so they can bust people for urinating in public or drinking alcohol on their stoop.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Why stoop to intentional leaks and anonymous sources to push a defensive narrative?Can We Trust The New York Times After the Abramson Debacle?
May 19, 2014
The archetype of the disobedient Cossack who will not stoop to intimidation remains an important part of Ukrainian identity.Cossacks: The Cowboys of Crimea
March 12, 2014
I had to sit on my stoop for a few minutes and think, ‘Did that just happen?’Making It in the 2-1-2: How Kenneth Walsh Achieved His NY Dream
February 19, 2014
Then you see him stoop to something this kind of person would never do, steal a bicycle.Mel Brooks’s 11 Favorite Movie Scenes: ‘Psycho’ to ‘Some Like It Hot’
May 20, 2013
Harriett saw his stoop, and the taut, braced power of his back as he lifted.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
No fools are they, in fact, even when to that name they 'stoop to conquer.'
He showed no interest on seeing K., who had to stoop to enter the low room.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In order to pass out he was obliged to stoop, so tall was he.Rico and Wiseli
I told him I did, and it was because I did and meant to do so to the last, that I would not stoop to propitiate any of them.Little Dorrit
- (also tr) to bend (the body or the top half of the body) forward and downward
- to carry oneself with head and shoulders habitually bent forward
- (often foll by to) to abase or degrade oneself
- (often foll by to) to condescend; deign
- (of a bird of prey) to swoop down
- archaic to give in
- the act, position, or characteristic of stooping
- a lowering from a position of dignity or superiority
- a downward swoop, esp of a bird of prey
- US and Canadian a small platform with steps up to it at the entrance to a building
- archaic a pillar or post
- a less common spelling of stoup
Word Origin and History for stoop
"bend forward," Old English stupian "to bow, bend" (cognate with Middle Dutch stupen "to bow, bend"), from Proto-Germanic *stup-, from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Figurative sense of "condescend" is from 1570s. Sense of "swoop" is first recorded 1570s in falconry.
"raised open platform at the door of a house," 1755, American and Canadian, from Dutch stoep "flight of steps, doorstep, stoop," from Middle Dutch, from Proto-Germanic *stopo "step" (see step).