to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forward and downward from an erect position: to stoop over a desk.
to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward: to stoop from age.
to bend (oneself, one's head, etc.) forward and downward.
Archaic. to abase, humble, or subdue.
the act or an instance of stooping.
a stooping position or carriage of body: The elderly man walked with a stoop.
a descent from dignity or superiority.
a downward swoop, as of a hawk.
- stooper, noun
- stoop·ing·ly, adverb
- non·stoop·ing, adjective
- un·stooped, adjective
- un·stoop·ing, adjective
Other definitions for stoop (2 of 3)
a small porch or platform at the entrance to a house, or the steps leading up to it.
Other definitions for stoop (3 of 3)
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How to use stoop in a sentence
The Babe walked over to the stooped figure at the microphone and threw his arms around Lou's neck.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address | Ray Robinson | July 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one blinked an eye when John Malkovich stooped to do Transformers 2.
The oldest man I met, stooped over and feeding some cats, said he was 83.
He stooped over her hand, and slobbered kisses upon her unresponsive glove.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
We got off our horses and stooped over the man, forgetting for the moment that danger might lurk in the surrounding thicket.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
I stooped down and asked him how he felt himself, but he made no answer, and evidently did not recollect me.
The farmer stooped down, and raised the shabby bonnet from the face of the woman to examine her more carefully.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Behind O'Dell stood a policeman; behind him again, a grave-eyed man stooped to an unusual task.Uncanny Tales | Various
British Dictionary definitions for stoop (1 of 4)
(also tr) to bend (the body or the top half of the body) forward and downward
to carry oneself with head and shoulders habitually bent forward
(often foll by to) to abase or degrade oneself
(often foll by to) to condescend; deign
(of a bird of prey) to swoop down
archaic to give in
the act, position, or characteristic of stooping
a lowering from a position of dignity or superiority
a downward swoop, esp of a bird of prey
- stooper, noun
- stooping, adjective
- stoopingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for stoop (2 of 4)
US and Canadian a small platform with steps up to it at the entrance to a building
British Dictionary definitions for stoop (3 of 4)
archaic a pillar or post
British Dictionary definitions for stoop (4 of 4)
a less common spelling of stoup
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