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Definitions of stoop

  1. bend one's back forward from the waist on down; " he crouched down"; " She bowed before the Queen"; " The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
  2. debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; " I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
  3. small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
  4. an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
  5. 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"
  6. sag, bend, bend over or down; " the rocks stooped down over the hiking path"
  7. descend swiftly, as if on prey; " The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"
  8. Condescension.
  9. To degrade.
  10. Originally, a covered porch with seats, at a house door; the Dutch stoep as introduced by the Dutch into New York. Afterward, an out- of- door flight of stairs of from seven to fourteen steps, with platform and parapets, leading to an entrance door some distance above the street; the French perron. Hence, any porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda, at a house door.
  11. A vessel of liquor; a flagon.
  12. A post fixed in the earth.
  13. To bend the upper part of the body downward and forward; to bend or lean forward; to incline forward in standing or walking; to assume habitually a bent position.
  14. To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection.
  15. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend.
  16. To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop.
  17. To sink when on the wing; to alight.
  18. To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body.
  19. To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor.
  20. To cause to submit; to prostrate.
  21. The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders.
  22. Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation.
  23. The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop.
  24. To bend the body downward and forward; descend from rank or dignity; submit; yield.
  25. To bend ( the body) downward and forward.
  26. Habitual forward bend of head and shoulders; descent from dignity; stairway, veranda, or porch with seats.
  27. To bend the body: to lean forward: to submit: to descend from rank or dignity: to condescend: to swoop down on the wing, as a bird of prey.
  28. To cause to incline downward.
  29. The act of stooping: inclination forward: descent: condescension: a swoop.
  30. A pillar. Quarles.
  31. A vessel of liquor; as, a stoop of wine or ale. " A stoop of wine."- Shak.
  32. The steps at the entrance of a house: door- steps: also a porch with a balustrade and seats on the sides. " Nearly all the houses were built with their gables to the street, and each had heavy wooden Dutch stoops, with seats at the door."- J. F. Cooper.
  33. Act of stooping; forward inclination.
  34. To bend the body forward; condescend; yield; swoop down on the wing.
  35. To bend or lean forward; bow, or be bowed down.
  36. To bring or come down from dignity or rank; condescend.
  37. To swoop.
  38. An act of stooping.
  39. A swoop.
  40. An uncovered platform at the door of a house; a porch; veranda.
  41. Act of stooping; condescension; swoop.
  42. A vessel of liquor.
  43. To bow down; to cause to incline downward.
  44. To bend down or incline the body; to yield; to submit; to condescend; to be inferior; to swoop down; to alight; to sink to a lower place.
  45. To bend the body forwards; to lean forwards in standing or walking; to cause to incline downwards; to yield; to submit; to condescend; to acknowledge inferiority; to come down on its prey, as a hawk.
  46. Inclination forwards; condescension; in Scot., a post fixed in the earth, or a prop.

Usage examples for stoop

  1. Who bade you stoop? – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  2. Griselda had to stoop a good deal, but she did manage to get in without knocking her head or doing any damage. – The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth
  3. Stoop- hear me- heed all- lose not a word- not a word- not a word! – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  4. It was so close to Teddy's feet that it seemed to him that with a single movement he could stoop and catch it. – The Counterpane Fairy by Katharine Pyle
  5. She went hurriedly up the stoop and in. – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  6. Stoop over him a little- he won't bite you. – Madam Crowl's Ghost and The Dead Sexton by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  7. Not to that would she stoop. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  8. I will dare every thing, stoop to everything for love's sake! – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  9. It was arched and low- so low that to enter it was necessary to stoop, and inside the pavement was a step beneath the level of the ground. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies
  10. I felt her presence, by its spell of might, Stoop o'er me from above; The calm, majestic presence of the Night, As of the one I love. – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  11. It is, as I said, impossible for Isabel to stoop to meet Fred again; and as to staying in the house- my dear aunt, of what can you be thinking? – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
  12. Charlotte stooped- she had to stoop a long way- and put her lips close to the small ear under the white hair which lay softly over it. – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  13. He had only to stoop to pick it up. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  14. It was gone; let it lie there: she would not stoop to pick it up and wipe it off. – Countess Erika's Apprenticeship by Ossip Schubin
  15. His hair had become greyer, he walked with more of a stoop, and his clothes showed traces of neglect. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  16. With her hand trembling she opened the door, but there was only one person standing on the stoop, a girl of about her own age, perhaps a few months younger. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  17. Even in the dusky carriage she had been as aware of the splendor of his attraction as now when they had stopped between the high lamps of the club entrance, and she saw clearly the broad lines of his shoulders and the stoop of his square- set head as he stepped swingingly to the pavement. – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
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