verb (used without object)
to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forward and downward from an erect position:
to stoop over a desk.
to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward:
to stoop from age.
(of trees, precipices, etc.) to bend, bow, or lean.
to descend from one’s level of dignity; condescend; deign:
Don’t stoop to argue with him.
to swoop down, as a hawk at prey.
to submit; yield.
Obsolete. to come down from a height.
verb (used with object)
to bend (oneself, one’s head, etc.) forward and downward.
Archaic. to abase, humble, or subdue.
the act or an instance of stooping.
a stooping position or carriage of body:
The elderly man walked with a stoop.
a descent from dignity or superiority.
a downward swoop, as of a hawk.
verb (mainly intransitive)
(also transitive) to bend (the body or the top half of the body) forward and downward
to carry oneself with head and shoulders habitually bent forward
(often foll by to) to abase or degrade oneself
(often foll by to) to condescend; deign
(of a bird of prey) to swoop down
(archaic) to give in
the act, position, or characteristic of stooping
a lowering from a position of dignity or superiority
a downward swoop, esp of a bird of prey
(US & Canadian) a small platform with steps up to it at the entrance to a building
(archaic) a pillar or post
a less common spelling of stoup
noun 1. the physical labor associated with the cultivation or picking of crops in farm fields, especially as performed by poorly paid, unskilled workers. Back-bending manual work, especially farm work. For example, They had us picking peas all day, and that’s too much stoop labor. [ First half of 1900s ]
- Stoop to
Condescend to something beneath one’s dignity, as in She wouldn’t stoop to listening to that obnoxious gossip. [ Second half of 1500s ]
noun 1. (Scot) a variant of stour
noun 1. (informal) the practice of taking advantage of an introductory interest-free period offered by a credit-card company to borrow money for investment elsewhere, esp in a high-interest account