Meaning of stoop


Stoop means to lean your head and torso forward and down. If you’re six feet tall and you tour a historical building, you’ll have to stoop to get through the low doorways.

Stoop comes from the same root as steep. You can stoop to clear a doorway, or stoop metaphorically, by lower your morals. If you used to be an honest garbageman but now haul “garbage” for the mafia, you have “stooped to their level.” If you slouch and droop, you’re stooping. When owls quickly descend on their prey, that’s also called stooping. Stoop is also the term for the stairs leading up to a front entrance of a house.

Definitions of stoop
  1. verb

    bend one’s back forward from the waist on down

    “The young man
    stooped to pick up the girl’s purse”

    bend, bow, crouch

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    crouch down
    cower, huddle

    crouch or curl up
    type of:

    bend, flex

    form a curve

  2. verb

    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”
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    type of:

    bear, carry, hold

    support or hold in a certain manner

  3. verb

    sag, bend, bend over or down

    “the rocks
    stooped down over the hiking path”
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    type of:

    incline, pitch, slope

    be at an angle

  4. verb

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

    “I won’t
    stoop to reading other people’s mail”

    condescend, lower oneself

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    type of:

    act, move

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

  5. verb

    descend swiftly, as if on prey

    “The eagle
    stooped on the mice in the field”
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    type of:

    pounce, swoop

    move down on as if in an attack

  6. noun

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

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    type of:

    inclination, inclining

    the act of inclining; bending forward

  7. noun

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



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    a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance

  8. noun

    basin for holy water



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    a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

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