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[stoop] /stup/
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 of stoop1
900
before 900; Middle English stoupen (v.), Old English stūpian; cognate with Middle Dutch stūpen to bend, bow; akin to steep1
Related forms
stooper, noun
stoopingly, adverb
nonstooping, adjective
unstooped, adjective
unstooping, adjective
Synonyms
1. lean, crouch. See bend1 .
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Examples from the Web for stooping
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  • Cannot you see that everything is stooping and hiding a face?

    The Man Who Was Thursday G. K. Chesterton
  • Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "So I've come back," said Georgiana, stooping down and kissing her mother.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Stealthily she rose to a stooping position at the boat's side.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Duffham was stooping over the boy when I got back, his face long, and his cane lying on the ironing-board.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Blinky snorted and stamped over to the window, stooping to peer at the machine.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • It might have been an accident; and the redness of his face might have come of stooping; but I saw Tod did not think so.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "I know you think so," said he, closing the heavy book over which he had been stooping.

  • Mine are altogether too long for this work, and stooping to pick even the finest potatoes gets tiresome.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for stooping

stoop1

/stuːp/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
(also transitive) 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
noun
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
Derived Forms
stooper, noun
stooping, adjective
stoopingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English stūpan; related to Middle Dutch stupen to bow, Old Norse stūpa, Norwegian stupa to fall; see steep1

stoop2

/stuːp/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a small platform with steps up to it at the entrance to a building
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch stoep, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stuofa stair, Old English stōpel footprint; see step

stoop3

/stuːp/
noun
1.
(archaic) a pillar or post
Word Origin
C15: variant of dialect stulpe, probably from Old Norse stolpe; see stele

stoop4

/stuːp/
noun
1.
a less common spelling of stoup
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Word Origin and History for stooping

stoop

v.

"bend forward," Old English stupian "to bow, bend" (cognate with Middle Dutch stupen "to bow, bend"), from Proto-Germanic *stup-, from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). Figurative sense of "condescend" is from 1570s. Sense of "swoop" is first recorded 1570s in falconry.

n.

"raised open platform at the door of a house," 1755, American and Canadian, from Dutch stoep "flight of steps, doorstep, stoop," from Middle Dutch, from Proto-Germanic *stopo "step" (see step).

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Slang definitions & phrases for stooping

stool

noun

(also stoolie) A police informer; stool pigeon: He's nothing but a cop's stool (Underworld 1906+, variant 1924+)

verb

: to make me stool on a friend (1911+)

[back formation fr stool pigeon]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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