Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
  2. (noun, artifact) small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
  3. (noun, artifact) basin for holy water
  4. (verb, contact) carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward
  5. (verb, motion) sag, bend, bend over or down
  6. (verb, motion) bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    She bowed before the Queen
    The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse
  7. (verb, motion) descend swiftly, as if on prey
  8. (verb, social) debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Stoop

Derivations: stoop, stooper

Hyponyms: cower, huddle, squinch

Hypernyms: act, basin, bear, bend, carry, flex, hold, inclination, incline, inclining, move, pitch, porch, pounce, slope, swoop

Origin of the word Stoop

  1. "bend forward," O.E. stupian "to bow, bend" (cognate with M.Du. stupen "to bow, bend"), from P.Gmc. *stup-, from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Figurative sense of "condescend" is from 1579. Sense of "swoop" is first recorded 1575 in falconry. more
  2. "raised open platform at the door of a house," 1755, Amer.Eng. and Canadian, from Du. stoep "flight of steps, doorstep, stoop," from M.Du., from P.Gmc. *stopo "step" (see step). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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