a ladle or ladlelike utensil, especially a small, deep-sided shovel with a short, horizontal handle, for taking up flour, sugar, etc.
a utensil composed of a palm-sized hollow hemisphere attached to a horizontal handle, for dishing out ice cream or other soft foods.
a hemispherical portion of food as dished out by such a utensil: two scoops of chocolate ice cream.
the bucket of a dredge, steam shovel, etc.
Surgery. a spoonlike apparatus for removing substances or foreign objects from the body.
a hollow or hollowed-out place.
the act of ladling, dipping, dredging, etc.
the quantity held in a ladle, dipper, shovel, bucket, etc.
Journalism. a news item, report, or story first revealed in one paper, magazine, newscast, etc.; beat.
Informal. news, information, or details, especially as obtained from experience or an immediate source: What's the scoop on working this machine?
a gathering to oneself or lifting with the arms or hands.
Informal. a big haul, as of money.
Television, Movies. a single large floodlight shaped like a flour scoop.
verb (used with object)
to take up or out with or as if with a scoop.
to empty with a scoop.
to form a hollow or hollows in.
to form with or as if with a scoop.
to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first: They scooped all the other dailies with the story of the election fraud.
to gather up or to oneself or to put hastily by a sweeping motion of one's arms or hands: He scooped the money into his pocket.
verb (used without object)
to remove or gather something with or as if with a scoop: to scoop with a ridiculously small shovel.

1300–50; (noun) Middle English scope < Middle Dutch schōpe; (v.) Middle English scopen, derivative of the noun

scooper, noun
outscoop, verb (used with object)
underscoop, noun
underscoop, verb (used with object)
unscooped, adjective Unabridged
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scoop (skuːp)
1.  a utensil used as a shovel or ladle, esp a small shovel with deep sides and a short handle, used for taking up flour, corn, etc
2.  a utensil with a long handle and round bowl used for dispensing liquids
3.  a utensil with a round bowl and short handle, sometimes with a mechanical device to empty the bowl, for serving ice cream or mashed potato
4.  anything that resembles a scoop in action, such as the bucket on a dredge
5.  a spoonlike surgical instrument for scraping or extracting foreign matter, etc, from the body
6.  the quantity taken up by a scoop
7.  the act of scooping, dredging, etc
8.  a hollow cavity
9.  slang a large quick gain, as of money
10.  a news story reported in one newspaper before all the others; an exclusive
11.  any sensational piece of news
12.  (often foll by up) to take up and remove (an object or substance) with or as if with a scoop
13.  (often foll by out) to hollow out with or as if with a scoop: to scoop a hole in a hillside
14.  to win (a prize, award, or large amount of money)
15.  to beat (rival newspapers) in uncovering a news item
16.  sport to hit (the ball) on its underside so that it rises into the air
[C14: via Middle Dutch schōpe from Germanic; compare Old High German scephan to ladle, German schöpfen, Schaufelshovel, Dutch schoep vessel for baling]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "utensil for bailing out" (n.), also (v.) "to bail out;" from M.Du. schope "bucket for bailing water," from W.Gmc. *skopo (cf. M.L.G. schope "ladle"), from P.Gmc. *skop-, from PIE *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape, to hack." Also from Low Ger. scheppen (v.) "to draw water," from P.Gmc. *skuppon,
from PIE root *skub- (cf. O.E. sceofl "shovel," O.S. skufla; see shove). The journalistic sense of "news published before a rival" is first recorded 1874, Amer.Eng., from earlier commercial slang sense of "appropriate so as to exclude competitors" (c.1850).
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