What does stoop mean?

Definitions for stoop

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stoopnoun

    an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward

  2. stoup, stoopnoun

    basin for holy water

  3. stoop, stoepverb

    small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house

  4. crouch, stoop, bend, bowverb

    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"

  5. condescend, stoop, lower oneselfverb

    debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way

    "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"

  6. stoopverb

    descend swiftly, as if on prey

    "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"

  7. stoopverb

    sag, bend, bend over or down

    "the rocks stooped down over the hiking path"

  8. stoopverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stoopnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Can any loyal subject see
    With patience such a stoop from sovereignty?
    An ocean pour’d upon a narrow brook? Dryden.

    Now will I wander through the air,
    Mount, make a stoop at ev’ry fair. Edmund Waller.

    An eagle made a stoop at him in the middle of his exaltation, and carried him away. Roger L'Estrange.

    Come, lieutenant, I have a stoop of wine; and here without are a brace of gallants, that would fain have a measure to the health of Othello. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    There’s nothing more in me, sir, but may be squeez’d out without racking, only a stoop or two of wine. John Denham.

    A caldron of fat beef, and stoop of ale,
    On the huzzaing mob shall more prevail,
    Than if you give them, with the nicest art,
    Ragousts of peacocks brains, or filbert tart. King.

  2. To STOOPverb

    Etymology: stupian , Saxon; stuypen, Dutch.

    Like unto the boughs of this tree he bended downward, and stooped toward the earth. Walter Raleigh.

    When Pelopidas and Ismenias were sent to Artaxerxes, Pelopidas did nothing unworthy; but Ismenias let fall his ring to the ground, and, stooping for that, was thought to make his adoration. Edward Stillingfleet.

    He stooping open’d my left side, and took
    From thence a rib. John Milton.

    I am the son of Henry the fifth,
    Who made the dauphin and the French to stoop. William Shakespeare.

    Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long,
    And swept the riches of the world from far;
    Yet stoop’d to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong. Dryd.

    He that condescended so far, and stooped so low, to invite and to bring us to heaven, will not refuse us a gracious reception there. Robert Boyle, Seraphick Love.

    Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it multiplieth riches exceedingly. Francis Bacon.

    Death his death-wound shall then receive,
    And stoop inglorious. John Milton.

    These are arts, my prince,
    In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome. Addison.

    They, whose authority is required unto the satisfying of your demand, do think it both dangerous to admit such concourse of divided minds, and unmeet that their laws, which, being once solemnly established, are to exact obedience of all men and to constrain thereunto, should so far stoop as to hold themselves in suspence from taking any effect upon you, ’till some disputer can persuade you to be obedient. Richard Hooker.

    The bird of Jove stoop’d from his airy tour,
    Two birds of gayest plume before him drove. John Milton.

    Satan ready now
    To stoop with wearied wings and willing feet,
    On the bare outside of this world. John Milton.

    Twelve swans behold in beauteous order move,
    And stoop with closing pinions from above. Dryden.

    Cow’ring low
    With blandishment, each bird stoop’d on his wing. John Milton.


  1. stoop

    Stevenage ( STEE-vən-ij) is a large town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, 29 miles (47 km) north of London. Stevenage is east of junctions 7 and 8 of the A1(M), between Letchworth Garden City to the north and Welwyn Garden City to the south. In 1946, Stevenage was designated the United Kingdom's first New Town under the New Towns Act.


  1. stoop

    Stoop can have multiple meanings depending on the context: 1. As a noun, a stoop usually refers to a small, raised platform or porch leading to the entrance of a house, particularly common in American architecture. 2. As a verb, stoop means to bend the upper body forward and down, often as a result of carrying something heavy or as an indication of subservience. 3. It can also mean lowering one's moral standards or behaving in a manner considered beneath one's dignity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stoopnoun

    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

  2. Stoopnoun

    a vessel of liquor; a flagon

  3. Stoopnoun

    a post fixed in the earth

  4. Stoopverb

    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

  5. Stoopverb

    to yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection

  6. Stoopverb

    to descend from rank or dignity; to condescend

  7. Stoopverb

    to come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop

  8. Stoopverb

    to sink when on the wing; to alight

  9. Stoopverb

    to bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body

  10. Stoopverb

    to cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor

  11. Stoopverb

    to cause to submit; to prostrate

  12. Stoopverb

    to degrade

  13. Stoopnoun

    the act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders

  14. Stoopnoun

    descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation

  15. Stoopnoun

    the fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop

  16. Etymology: [OE. stope, Icel. staup; akin to AS. step, D. stoop, G. stauf, OHG. stouph.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stoop

    stōōp, v.i. to bend the body: to lean forward: to submit: to descend from rank or dignity: to condescend: to swoop down on the wing, as a bird of prey.—v.t. to cause to incline downward.—n. the act of stooping: inclination forward: descent: condescension: a swoop.—adj. Stooped, having a stoop, bent.—n. Stoop′er, one who stoops.—p.adj. Stoop′ing.—adv. Stoop′ingly. [A.S. stúpian; Old Dut. stuypen, Ice. stúpa.]

  2. Stoop

    stōōp, n. (Shak.) a vessel of liquor, a flagon: liquor for drinking: a basin for holy water. [A.S. stoppa, a cup—steáp, a cup; Low Ger. stoop.]

  3. Stoop

    stōōp, n. an open platform before the entrance of a house. [Dut. stoep.]

  4. Stoop

    stōōp, n. a prop, support, a patron.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STOOP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stoop is ranked #58042 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stoop surname appeared 350 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stoop.

    96.5% or 338 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stoop in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stoop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of stoop in a Sentence

  1. Keagan Harsha:

    It’s awful that there are people that would stoop to this, but just to see the outpouring of goodness has been heartwarming. We went through one our darkest days as a family, only to be met with support from multiple communities.

  2. William Wordsworth:

    Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar.

  3. Albert Watkins:

    My clients didnt sit on their front stoop with guns. ... No firearms were on them at the time that they, were, as property owners standing in front of their home, it was not until they basically were in a position of seeing and observingviolence, recklessness, lawbreaking, and knowing that the police were not going to be doing anything.

  4. Bryan Singer:

    The last time I posted about this subject, Esquire magazine was preparing to publish an article written by a homophobic journalist who has a bizarre obsession with me dating back to 1997, after careful fact-checking and, in consideration of the lack of credible sources, Esquire chose not to publish this piece of vendetta journalism. That didn't stop this writer from selling it to The Atlantic. It's sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity.

  5. Mike Berry:

    Just when I didnt think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that, hed rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members ... thats pretty cowardly and thats cruel.

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