verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to remove or gather something with or as if with a scoop: to scoop with a ridiculously small shovel.

Nearby words

  1. sconcheon,
  2. sconcheon arch,
  3. scone,
  4. scooby doo,
  5. scooch,
  6. scoop neck,
  7. scooper,
  8. scoopful,
  9. scoosh,
  10. scoot

Origin of scoop

1300–50; (noun) Middle English scope < Middle Dutch schōpe; (v.) Middle English scopen, derivative of the noun

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scoop



a utensil used as a shovel or ladle, esp a small shovel with deep sides and a short handle, used for taking up flour, corn, etc
a utensil with a long handle and round bowl used for dispensing liquids
a utensil with a round bowl and short handle, sometimes with a mechanical device to empty the bowl, for serving ice cream or mashed potato
anything that resembles a scoop in action, such as the bucket on a dredge
a spoonlike surgical instrument for scraping or extracting foreign matter, etc, from the body
the quantity taken up by a scoop
the act of scooping, dredging, etc
a hollow cavity
slang a large quick gain, as of money
a news story reported in one newspaper before all the others; an exclusive
any sensational piece of news

verb (mainly tr)

(often foll by up) to take up and remove (an object or substance) with or as if with a scoop
(often foll by out) to hollow out with or as if with a scoopto scoop a hole in a hillside
to win (a prize, award, or large amount of money)
to beat (rival newspapers) in uncovering a news item
sport to hit (the ball) on its underside so that it rises into the air
Derived Formsscooper, nounscoopful, noun

Word Origin for scoop

C14: via Middle Dutch schōpe from Germanic; compare Old High German scephan to ladle, German schöpfen, Schaufel shovel, Dutch schoep vessel for baling

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Word Origin and History for scoop
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