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Meaning of STOOP

Pronunciation:  stoop

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  1. [n]  an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
  2. [n]  small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
  3. [n]  basin for holy water
  4. [v]  carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward; "The old man was stooping but he could walk around without a cane"
  5. [v]  sag, bend, bend over or down; "the rocks stooped down over the hiking path"
  6. [v]  bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
  7. [v]  descend swiftly, as if on prey; "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"
  8. [v]  debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"

STOOP is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bend, bow, condescend, crouch, lower oneself, stoep, stoup
 See Also: act, basin, bear, carry, change posture, cower, flex, hold, huddle, inclination, incline, inclining, move, pitch, porch, pounce, slope, squinch, stoop to, swoop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stoop\, n. [D. stoep.] (Arch.)
    Originally, a covered porch with seats, at a house door; the
    Dutch stoep as introduced by the Dutch into New York.
    Afterward, an out-of-door flight of stairs of from seven to
    fourteen steps, with platform and parapets, leading to an
    entrance door some distance above the street; the French
    perron. Hence, any porch, platform, entrance stairway, or
    small veranda, at a house door. [U. S.]
  2. \Stoop\, n. [OE. stope, Icel. staup; akin to AS. ste['a]p,
    D. stoop, G. stauf, OHG. stouph.]
    A vessel of liquor; a flagon. [Written also {stoup}.]
          Fetch me a stoop of liquor.              --Shak.
  3. \Stoop\, n. [Cf. Icel. staup a knobby lump.]
    A post fixed in the earth. [Prov. Eng.]
  4. \Stoop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stooped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Stooping}.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen,
    Icel. st[=u]pa, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th {Steep}.]
    1. To bend the upper part of the body downward and forward;
       to bend or lean forward; to incline forward in standing or
       walking; to assume habitually a bent position.
    2. To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume
       a position of humility or subjection.
             Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long, . . . Yet
             stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong.
             These are arts, my prince, In which your Zama does
             not stoop to Rome.                    --Addison.
    3. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. ``She
       stoops to conquer.'' --Goldsmith.
             Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it
             multiplieth riches exceedingly.       --Bacon.
    4. To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to
       souse; to swoop.
             The bird of Jove, stooped from his a["e]ry tour, Two
             birds of gayest plume before him drove. --Milton.
    5. To sink when on the wing; to alight.
             And stoop with closing pinions from above. --Dryden.
             Cowering low With blandishment, each bird stooped on
             his wing.                             --Milton.
    Syn: To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower;
  5. \Stoop\, v. t.
    1. To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop
       the body. ``Have stooped my neck.'' --Shak.
    2. To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a
       cask of liquor.
    3. To cause to submit; to prostrate. [Obs.]
             Many of those whose states so tempt thine ears Are
             stooped by death; and many left alive. --Chapman.
    4. To degrade. [Obs.] --Shak.
  6. \Stoop\, n.
    1. The act of stooping, or bending the body forward;
       inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back
       and shoulders.
    2. Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an
       act or position of humiliation.
             Can any loyal subject see With patience such a stoop
             from sovereignty?                     --Dryden.
    3. The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop. --L'Estrange.