To stoop is to bend over, or to do something that is demeaning or below your status.verb
- An example of to stoop is to pick up a child’s toy off the ground.
- An example of to stoop is to speak meanly to someone who has disrespected you, to “stoop to their level.”
The definition of a stoop is a flat area at the front door of a house, often with steps below used for sitting.noun
An example of a stoop is where a person could sit to talk to neighbors as they walked by.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to bend the body forward or in a crouch
- to carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
- to condescend, or deign
- to demean or degrade oneself
- to pounce or swoop down, as a bird of prey
- Archaic to yield or submit
Origin: ME stupen < OE stupian, akin to ON stūpa < IE *(s)teup- < base *(s)teu-, to strike > stock
- to bend (the head, etc.) forward
- Archaic to humble or debase
- the act or position of stooping the body, esp. habitually
- the act of condescending
- a swoop, as by a hawk at prey
Origin: Du stoep, akin to Ger stufe: for IE base see step
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verb stooped, stoop·ing, stoops verb, intransitive
- To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back: had to stoop in order to fit into the cave.
- To walk or stand, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
- To bend or sag downward.
- a. To lower or debase oneself.b. To descend from a superior position; condescend.
- To yield; submit.
- To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
- To bend (the head or body) forward and down.
- To debase; humble.
- The act of stooping.
- A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual.
- An act of self-abasement or condescension.
- A descent, as of a bird of prey.
Origin: Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian.
noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
Origin: Dutch stoep, front verandah, from Middle Dutch.Regional Note: Originally brought to the Hudson Valley of New York by settlers from the Netherlands, a few items of Dutch vocabulary have survived there from colonial times until the present. Stoop, “a small porch,” comes from Dutch stoep; this word is now in general use in the Northeast and is probably spreading. The word olicook, which appears to be dying out, means “doughnut,” and comes from Dutch oliekoek—literally, “oil cake.” And the Dutch word kill for a small running stream is used throughout New York State.