[ stoo k, stook ]
/ stʊk, stuk /
Chiefly British and Canadian.


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to stack sheaves of grain; form a pile of straw.

Origin of stook

1400–50; late Middle English stouk, Old English stūc heap; cognate with Middle Low German stūke, German Stauche; akin to stock


stook·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for stooking

  • After the first day or two I found the work not so hard as stooking although the hours were even longer.

    Neighbours|Robert Stead
  • "I ought to be stooking those sheaves," Thorne answered dubiously.

    A Prairie Courtship|Harold Bindloss
  • They told us that a stooking machine had been invented, but it was not very satisfactory as yet.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan|Frances Halton Eva Hasell

British Dictionary definitions for stooking

/ (stuːk) /


a number of sheaves set upright in a field to dry with their heads together


(tr) to set up (sheaves) in stooks

Derived forms of stook

stooker, noun

Word Origin for stook

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