Stoop meaning

sto͝op
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.

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To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back.

Had to stoop in order to fit into the cave.

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To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
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The act of stooping.
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A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual.

Walked with a stoop.

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To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend.
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A descent, as of a bird of prey.
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A small porch, platform, or staircase leading to the entrance of a house or building.
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To bend the body forward or in a crouch.
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To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward.
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To pounce or swoop down, as a bird of prey.
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To humble or debase.
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The act or position of stooping the body, esp. habitually.
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The act of condescending.
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A swoop, as by a hawk at prey.
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A small porch or platform with steps, at the door of a house or apartment building.
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(chiefly Northeastern US, chiefly New York, also, Canada) The staircase and landing or porch leading to the entrance of a residence.
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The threshold of a doorway, a doorstep.
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To bend the upper part of the body forward and downward.

He stooped to tie his shoe-laces.

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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?

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Of a bird of prey: to swoop down on its prey.
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To cause to incline downward; to slant.

To stoop a cask of liquor.

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To cause to submit; to prostrate.
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To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection.
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A stooping (ie. bent, see the "Verb" section above) position of the body.

The old man walked with a stoop.

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An accelerated descent in flight, as that for an attack.
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(dialect) A post or pillar, especially a gatepost or a support in a mine.
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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.”

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To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
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To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
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To debase; humble.

Stooped himself to such disgraceful acts.

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An act of self-abasement or condescension.
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To yield or submit.
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To bend (the head, etc.) forward.
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Origin of stoop

  • Middle English stoupen from Old English stūpian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch stoep front veranda from Middle Dutch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch stoep (“platform", "pavement"). Cognate with English "step".

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English stÅ«pian (“to bow, to bend"). Compare steep.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Old Norse stolpe

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English stope

    From Wiktionary