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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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

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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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Example sentences
And some coders who still prefer e-mail viruses have stooped to new depths to
  trick students into downloading infected images.
They huddled in twos and threes, shoulders stooped and faces drawn, voices
  muted.
Wading to the far side of the creek, she stooped to stretch her tape measure
  the width of the flow.
Some will now turn around and somehow say that the fact that he stooped to do
  this somehow tarnishes his legitimacy.
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