- a ladle or ladlelike utensil, especially a small, deep-sided shovel with a short, horizontal handle, for taking up flour, sugar, etc.
- a utensil composed of a palm-sized hollow hemisphere attached to a horizontal handle, for dishing out ice cream or other soft foods.
- a hemispherical portion of food as dished out by such a utensil: two scoops of chocolate ice cream.
- the bucket of a dredge, steam shovel, etc.
- Surgery. a spoonlike apparatus for removing substances or foreign objects from the body.
- a hollow or hollowed-out place.
- the act of ladling, dipping, dredging, etc.
- the quantity held in a ladle, dipper, shovel, bucket, etc.
- Journalism. a news item, report, or story first revealed in one paper, magazine, newscast, etc.; beat.
- Informal. news, information, or details, especially as obtained from experience or an immediate source: What's the scoop on working this machine?
- a gathering to oneself or lifting with the arms or hands.
- Informal. a big haul, as of money.
- Television, Movies. a single large floodlight shaped like a flour scoop.
- to take up or out with or as if with a scoop.
- to empty with a scoop.
- to form a hollow or hollows in.
- to form with or as if with a scoop.
- to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first: They scooped all the other dailies with the story of the election fraud.
- to gather up or to oneself or to put hastily by a sweeping motion of one's arms or hands: He scooped the money into his pocket.
- to remove or gather something with or as if with a scoop: to scoop with a ridiculously small shovel.
Origin of scoop
Related Wordsgouge, lift, dig, scrape, remove, shovel, ladle, spoon, dipper, bail, spade, trowel, beat, exclusive, sensation, revelation, news, lade, grub, gather
Examples from the Web for scooping
Rising up from scooping bay, the steep topography—hemmed by hills of evergreens—promises panoramas at practically every turn.Next Stop, Quito: Our Top Cities for 2015
December 19, 2014
Hillary Clinton is scooping up millions in speaking fees while positioning herself for a White House run.‘Clinton Inc.’ Author Dishes on Monica Lewinsky and the Blue Dress
July 23, 2014
American Hustle was the other big winner, scooping 10 nominations, the same number as 12 Years A Slave.BAFTA Nominations: ‘Gravity’ Beats Out British Favorite ’12 Years a Slave’
January 8, 2014
At home, I start the day by scooping out a couple of heaping tablespoons of Starbucks espresso roast into my Breville machine.The Starbucks Shutdown Petition Is Baloney
October 11, 2013
After scooping up statuettes early in her career, she has been chronically snubbed by the Academy.Oscar's Diva Smackdown!
February 8, 2010
The current which he opposes has been scooping out its channel for ages.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
He was ladling the pobs into the child's mouth, and scooping the overflow from her chin.The Manxman
The boy was down on his knees, scooping at something with his hands.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
"I hope I'll have five hundred like you," he said, scooping it up under his arm.The Wrong Woman
Charles D. Stewart
Now I submit that this is not the Place to seek for the scooping power of a glacier.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
- 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
- (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
Word Origin and History for scooping
mid-14c., "to bail out," from scoop (n.) and from Low German scheppen "to draw water," from Proto-Germanic *skuppon (cf. Old Saxon skeppian, Dutch scheppen, Old High German scaphan, German schöpfen "to scoop, ladle out"), from PIE root *skeubh- (cf. Old English sceofl "shovel," Old Saxon skufla; see shove (v.)). In the journalistic sense from 1884. Related: Scooped; scooping.
early 14c., "utensil for bailing out," from Middle Dutch schope "bucket for bailing water," from West Germanic *skopo (cf. Middle Low German schope "ladle"), from Proto-Germanic *skop-, from PIE *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack" (see scabies). Also from Middle Dutch schoepe "a scoop, shovel" (Dutch schop "a spade," related to German Schüppe "a shovel," also "a spade at cards").
Meaning "action of scooping" is from 1742; that of "amount in a scoop" is from 1832. Sense of "a big haul, as if in a scoop net" is from 1893. The journalistic sense of "news published before a rival" is first recorded 1874, American English, from earlier commercial slang verbal sense of "appropriate so as to exclude competitors" (c.1850).