- The definition of a stoop is a flat area at the front door of a house, often with steps below used for sitting.
An example of a stoop is where a person could sit to talk to neighbors as they walked by.
- To stoop is to bend over, or to do something that is demeaning or below your status.
- 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.”
- 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 of stoopMiddle English stupen ; from Old English stupian, akin to Old Norse stūpa ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)teup- ; from base an unverified form (s)teu-, to strike from source 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 of stoopDutch stoep, akin to German stufe: for Indo-European base see step
verbstooped, stoop·ing, stoops
- 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 stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
- a. To lower or debase oneself: I wouldn't stoop to such behavior.b. To descend from a superior social position; condescend: Would the prince stoop to have a meal with peasants?
- To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
- To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
- To debase; humble: stooped himself to such disgraceful acts.
- The act of stooping.
- A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual: walked with a stoop.
- An act of self-abasement or condescension.
- A descent, as of a bird of prey.
Origin of stoopMiddle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian.
Origin of stoopDutch stoep, front veranda, from Middle Dutch.
(third-person singular simple present stoops, present participle stooping, simple past and past participle stooped)
- To bend the upper part of the body forward and downward.
- He stooped to tie his shoe-laces.
- To lower oneself; to demean or do something below one's status, standards, or morals.
- Can you believe that a salesman would stoop so low as to hide his customers' car keys until they agreed to the purchase?
- Of a bird of prey: to swoop down on its prey.
- To cause to incline downward; to slant.
- to stoop a cask of liquor
- To cause to submit; to prostrate.
- To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection.
- To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend.
- To degrade.
- A stooping (ie. bent, see the "Verb" section above) position of the body
- The old man walked with a stoop.
- An accelerated descent in flight, as that for an attack.
- (dialect) A post or pillar, especially a gatepost or a support in a mine.
Old English stope