- 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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Examples from the Web for stooped
The Babe walked over to the stooped figure at the microphone and threw his arms around Lou's neck.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
No one blinked an eye when John Malkovich stooped to do Transformers 2.The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
The oldest man I met, stooped over and feeding some cats, said he was 83.Stimulus Dollars for Sex Offenders?
September 4, 2009
Yet, as she stooped, she made her final, grand sacrifice—Mart should go!Ester Ried Yet Speaking
A slight noise had caught his ear, he had stooped, listening.Within the Law
He stooped, thinking he had caught it, but took up only a handful of soapy foam.The Dream
Her eyes filled, and she stooped as though to kiss the outstretched hand.
She stooped ever so slightly and touched the upstanding mop of his wavy hair.
- (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 stooped
"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).