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[stoo k, stook]Chiefly British and Canadian.
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  1. shock2(def 1).
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verb (used with object)
  1. shock2(def 2).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to stack sheaves of grain; form a pile of straw.
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Origin of stook

1400–50; late Middle English stouk, Old English stūc heap; cognate with Middle Low German stūke, German Stauche; akin to stock
Related formsstook·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He found a cornfield with a half-built stack, and sheaves in stook.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Stook; a shock of corn, generally containing twelve sheaves.

  • The water was mild and blue, and the corn stood drowsily in "stook."

    The White Peacock

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

  • Eva sat on the top of a stook with her mouth open; the lark underneath, doubtless in no better plight.

  • If the season is late, as is usual with us, then mid-September sees the corn still standing in stook.

    The White Peacock

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for stook


  1. a number of sheaves set upright in a field to dry with their heads together
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  1. (tr) to set up (sheaves) in stooks
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Derived Formsstooker, noun

Word Origin

C15: variant of stouk, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German stūke, Old High German stūhha sleeve
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