- 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 stooper
The boy who in jumping knocks off either of the things has to take the place of the stooper.
Should the stooper guess correctly, they all change places, and the jumper forms the back.
- (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 stooper
"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).