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verb (used without object)
  1. to emit a harsh, grating sound: The gate scrooped as he swung it shut.
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  1. a scrooping sound.
  2. ability to make a rustling sound added to silk or rayon fabrics during finishing by treating them with certain acids.
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Origin of scroop

1780–90; blend of scrape and whoop
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Examples from the Web for scroop

Historical Examples

  • His best friend, Scroop, plots to kill him, but is detected and put to death.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • The schooner drifted away, with Captain Scroop at the wheel.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • Archbishop Scroop beheaded at York, England, for insurrection.

  • Several of the families of Scroop, Plessey, and Frank, were buried here.

  • For Scroop, I hope that by care we may yet cure him; he is still insensible.

British Dictionary definitions for scroop


  1. (intr) to emit a grating or creaking sound
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  1. such a sound
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Word Origin

C18: of imitative origin
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