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NOUN (3)

1. an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward;

2. basin for holy water;
[syn: stoup, stoop]

3. small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house;
[syn: stoop, stoep]


VERB (5)

1. bend one's back forward from the waist on down;
- Example: "he crouched down"
- Example: "She bowed before the Queen"
- Example: "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
[syn: crouch, stoop, bend, bow]

2. debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way;
- Example: "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
[syn: condescend, stoop, lower oneself]

3. descend swiftly, as if on prey;
- Example: "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"

4. sag, bend, bend over or down;
- Example: "the rocks stooped down over the hiking path"

5. carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward;
- Example: "The old man was stooping but he could walk around without a cane"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stooped; p. pr. & vb. n. Stooping.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen, Icel. st[=u]pa, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th Steep.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection. [1913 Webster] Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long, . . . Yet stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] These are arts, my prince, In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. "She stoops to conquer." --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it multiplieth riches exceedingly. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 4. To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop. [1913 Webster] The bird of Jove, stooped from his aery tour, Two birds of gayest plume before him drove. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. To sink when on the wing; to alight. [1913 Webster] And stoop with closing pinions from above. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Cowering low With blandishment, each bird stooped on his wing. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower; shrink. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, n. [OE. stope, Icel. staup; akin to AS. ste['a]p, D. stoop, G. stauf, OHG. stouph.] A vessel of liquor; a flagon. [Written also stoup.] [1913 Webster] Fetch me a stoop of liquor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, n. [Cf. Icel. staup a knobby lump.] A post fixed in the earth. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, n. [D. stoep.] (Arch.) 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. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, v. t. 1. To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body. "Have stooped my neck." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to submit; to prostrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Many of those whose states so tempt thine ears Are stooped by death; and many left alive. --Chapman. [1913 Webster] 4. To degrade. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stoop \Stoop\, n. 1. The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders. [1913 Webster] 2. Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation. [1913 Webster] Can any loyal subject see With patience such a stoop from sovereignty? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stoop n 1: an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward 2: basin for holy water [syn: stoup, stoop] 3: small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house [syn: stoop, stoep] v 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" [syn: crouch, stoop, bend, bow] 2: debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail" [syn: condescend, stoop, lower oneself] 3: descend swiftly, as if on prey; "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field" 4: sag, bend, bend over or down; "the rocks stooped down over the hiking path" 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"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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