- 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 stooping
“Stooping to this level proves the U.S. is facing utter defeat in Afghanistan,” he said.Jihadist Hafiz Saeed Speaks to Journalists
Nazar Ul Islam, Jahanzeb Aslam
April 5, 2012
Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hubertine did not reply, but, stooping, lifted her in her strong arms.The Dream
Stealthily she rose to a stooping position at the boat's side.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Blinky snorted and stamped over to the window, stooping to peer at the machine.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- (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 stooping
"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).