- The definition of scoop is a lower, rounded neckline of a garment.
An example of scoop as an adjective is the phrase scoop neck dress which is a dress that shows cleavage.
- Scoop is defined as a bowl-shaped utensil used for removing or moving an amount of something.
An example of a scoop is the utensil used to take ice cream out of a container and place it on a cone.
- To scoop is to dig out or hollow out.
An example of to scoop is to removed flour from a canister using a small shovel-like tool.
A scoop of ice cream.
- any of various utensils shaped like a small shovel or a ladle; specif.,
- a kitchen utensil used to take up sugar, flour, etc.
- a small utensil with a round bowl, for dishing up ice cream, mashed potatoes, etc.
- a small, spoonlike surgical instrument
- the deep shovel of a dredge or steam shovel, which takes up sand, dirt, etc.
- the act or motion of taking up with or as with a scoop
- the amount taken up at one time by a scoop
- a hollowed-out place
- ☆ Informal
- the publication or broadcast of a news item before a competitor; beat
- such a news item
- current, esp. confidential, information
Origin of scoopMiddle English scope ; from Middle Dutch schope, bailing vessel, schoppe, a shovel, akin to German schöpfen, to dip out, create
- to take up or out with or as with a scoop
- to empty by bailing
- to dig (out); hollow (out)
- to make by digging out
- to gather (in or up) as if with a scoop
- ☆ Informal to publish or broadcast a news item before (a competitor)
- a. A shovellike utensil, usually having a deep curved dish and a short handle: a flour scoop.b. A thick-handled cuplike utensil for dispensing balls of ice cream or other semisoft food, often having a sweeping band in the cup that is levered by the thumb to free the contents.c. A ladle; a dipper.d. An implement for bailing water from a boat.e. A narrow, spoon-shaped instrument for surgical extraction in cavities or cysts.f. A bucket or shovel of a dredge, backhoe, or other digging machine.g. The amount that any of these utensils, implements, or containers can hold: ate two scoops of ice cream.
- A scooping movement or action: made a nice scoop to catch the ball.
- Informal a. An exclusive news story acquired by luck or initiative before a competitor.b. Current information or details: What's the scoop on the new neighbors?
- A rounded, usually low-cut neckline, as on a blouse or dress. Also called scoop neck, scoop neckline.
- A hollow area; a cavity.
- An opening, as on the body of a motor vehicle, by which a fluid is directed inward: “The [sports car] has &ellipsis; enough scoops and spoilers to get you a citation just standing still” (Mark Weinstein).
transitive verbscooped, scoop·ing, scoops
- To take up and often reposition with a scoop: scooped popcorn into a bag.
- To hollow out by digging.
- To pick up, gather, or collect swiftly and smoothly: scoop up a handful of jelly beans.
- Informal To top or outmaneuver (a competitor) in acquiring and publishing an important news story.
Origin of scoopMiddle English scope, from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German schōpe, bucket for bailing water.
left to right: flour and ice-cream scoops
- Any cup- or bowl-shaped tool, usually with a handle, used to lift and move loose or soft solid material.
- She kept a scoop in the dog food.
- The amount or volume of loose or solid material held by a particular scoop.
- Use one scoop of coffee for each pot.
- I'll have one scoop of chocolate ice-cream.
- The act of scooping, or taking with a scoop or ladle; a motion with a scoop, as in dipping or shovelling.
- A story or fact; especially, news learned and reported before anyone else.
- He listened carefully, in hopes of getting the scoop on the debate.
- (automotive) An opening in a hood/bonnet or other body panel to admit air, usually for cooling the engine.
- The digging attachment on a front-end loader.
- A covered opening in an automobile's hood which allows cold air to enter the area beneath the hood.
- A place hollowed out; a basinlike cavity; a hollow.
- A spoon-shaped surgical instrument, used in extracting certain substances or foreign bodies.
- A special spinal board used by EMS staff that divides laterally to literally scoop up patients.
- A sweep; a stroke; a swoop.
(third-person singular simple present scoops, present participle scooping, simple past and past participle scooped)
- To lift, move, or collect with a scoop or as though with a scoop.
- He used both hands to scoop water and splash it on his face.
- To learn something, especially something worthy of a news article, before (someone else).
- The paper across town scooped them on the City Hall scandal.
- (music, often with "up") To begin a vocal note slightly below the target pitch and then to slide up to the target pitch, especially in country music.
- To consume an alcoholic beverage.
- He was caught scooping in the local park.