stoop

1 [stoop]
verb (used without object)
1.
to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forward and downward from an erect position: to stoop over a desk.
2.
to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward: to stoop from age.
3.
(of trees, precipices, etc.) to bend, bow, or lean.
4.
to descend from one's level of dignity; condescend; deign: Don't stoop to argue with him.
5.
to swoop down, as a hawk at prey.
6.
to submit; yield.
7.
Obsolete. to come down from a height.
verb (used with object)
8.
to bend (oneself, one's head, etc.) forward and downward.
9.
Archaic. to abase, humble, or subdue.
noun
10.
the act or an instance of stooping.
11.
a stooping position or carriage of body: The elderly man walked with a stoop.
12.
a descent from dignity or superiority.
13.
a downward swoop, as of a hawk.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English stoupen (v.), Old English stūpian; cognate with Middle Dutch stūpen to bend, bow; akin to steep1

stooper, noun
stoopingly, adverb
nonstooping, adjective
unstooped, adjective
unstooping, adjective


1. lean, crouch. See bend1.
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stoop

2 [stoop]
noun
a small raised platform, approached by steps and sometimes having a roof and seats, at the entrance of a house; a small porch.

Origin:
1670–80, Americanism; < Dutch stoep; cognate with Middle Low German stōpe, German Stufe step in a stair. See step

stoop

3 [stoop]
noun
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stoop1 (stuːp)
 
vb
1.  (also tr) to bend (the body or the top half of the body) forward and downward
2.  to carry oneself with head and shoulders habitually bent forward
3.  (often foll by to) to abase or degrade oneself
4.  (often foll by to) to condescend; deign
5.  (of a bird of prey) to swoop down
6.  archaic to give in
 
n
7.  the act, position, or characteristic of stooping
8.  a lowering from a position of dignity or superiority
9.  a downward swoop, esp of a bird of prey
 
[Old English stūpan; related to Middle Dutch stupen to bow, Old Norse stūpa, Norwegian stupa to fall; see steep1]
 
'stooper1
 
n
 
'stooping1
 
adj
 
'stoopingly1
 
adv

stoop2 (stuːp)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a small platform with steps up to it at the entrance to a building
 
[C18: from Dutch stoep, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stuofa stair, Old English stōpel footprint; see step]

stoop3 (stuːp)
 
n
archaic a pillar or post
 
[C15: variant of dialect stulpe, probably from Old Norse stolpe; see stele]

stoop4 (stuːp)
 
n
a less common spelling of stoup

stoup or stoop (stuːp)
 
n
1.  a small basin for holy water
2.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) Also: stowp a bucket or drinking vessel
 
[C14 (in the sense: bucket): of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse staup beaker, Old English stēap flagon; see steep1]
 
stoop or stoop
 
n
 
[C14 (in the sense: bucket): of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse staup beaker, Old English stēap flagon; see steep1]

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Word Origin & History

stoop
"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.

stoop
"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).
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stupe definition


and stoop
  1. n.
    a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) : Look, stoop, just do what you are told.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Literally dozens of rats swarming between the building and behind the stoop.
To be fair, that's a long time to stoop and pick up a penny.
But they will never stop trying to convert the world if they have to stoop to
  politics to do it.
They had to protect their wearer from the tough terrain and provide the ability
  to stoop down and collect rocks.
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