• WordNet 3.6
    • v stoop 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"
    • v stoop sag, bend, bend over or down "the rocks stooped down over the hiking path"
    • v stoop 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"
    • v stoop descend swiftly, as if on prey "The eagle stooped on the mice in the field"
    • v stoop debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
    • n stoop an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
    • n stoop small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
    • n stoop basin for holy water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stoop A post fixed in the earth.
    • n Stoop A vessel of liquor; a flagon. "Fetch me a stoop of liquor."
    • Stoop Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation. "Can any loyal subject see
      With patience such a stoop from sovereignty?"
    • n Stoop (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.
    • Stoop The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders.
    • Stoop The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop.
    • Stoop To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body. "Have stooped my neck."
    • Stoop 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.
    • Stoop To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor.
    • Stoop To cause to submit; to prostrate. "Many of those whose states so tempt thine ears
      Are stooped by death; and many left alive."
    • Stoop To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop. "The bird of Jove, stooped from his aëry tour,
      Two birds of gayest plume before him drove."
    • Stoop To degrade.
    • Stoop To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. "She stoops to conquer.""Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it multiplieth riches exceedingly."
    • Stoop To sink when on the wing; to alight. "And stoop with closing pinions from above.""Cowering low
      With blandishment, each bird stooped on his wing."
    • Stoop To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection. "Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long, . . . Yet stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong.""These are arts, my prince,
      In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stoop To bend; bow; incline; especially, of persons, to lower the body by bending forward and downward.
    • stoop To be bent or inclined from the perpendicular; specifically, to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward from the upright line of the rest of the body.
    • stoop To come down; descend.
    • stoop Specifically, to swoop upon prey or quarry, as a hawk; pounce.
    • stoop To condescend; deign: especially expressing a lowering of the moral self, and generally followed by an infinitive or the proposition to.
    • stoop To yield; submit; succumb.
    • stoop To bend downward; bow.
    • stoop To incline; tilt: as, to stoop a cask.
    • stoop To bring or take down; lower, as a flag or a sail.
    • stoop To put down; abase; submit; subject.
    • stoop To cast down; prostrate; overthrow; overcome.
    • stoop To swoop or pounce down upon.
    • stoop To steep; macerate.
    • n stoop The act of stooping or bending down; hence, a habitual bend of the back or shoulders: as, to walk with a stoop.
    • n stoop The darting down of a bird on its prey; a swoop; a pounce.
    • n stoop Hence That which stoops or swoops; a hawk.
    • n stoop A descent from superiority, dignity, or power; a condescension, concession, or submission: as, a politic stoop.
    • n stoop A drinking-vessel; a beaker; a flagon; a tankard; a pitcher.
    • n stoop Hence Liquor for drinking, especially wine, considered as the contents of a stoop: as, he tossed off his stoop.
    • n stoop A basin for holy water, usuallyplaced in a niche or against the wall or a pillar at the entrance of Roman Catholic churches: also used in private houses. In the Greek Church it is called a colymbion or hagiasmateron. In this sense usually written stoup. Sometimes also called by the French name bénitier, and formerly holy-water stock, holy-water stone.
    • n stoop An uncovered platform before the entrance of a house, raised, and approached by means of steps. Sometimes incorrectly used for porch or veranda.
    • n stoop The stock or stem, as of a tree; the stump.
    • n stoop A post or pillar; specifically, an upright post used to mark distance, etc., on a racecourse.
    • n stoop An upright support; a prop or column; specifically, in coal-mining, a pillar of coal left to support the roof.
    • n stoop Figuratively, a sustainer; a patron.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stoop stōōp 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
    • v.t Stoop to cause to incline downward
    • n Stoop the act of stooping: inclination forward: descent: condescension: a swoop
    • n Stoop stōōp (Shak.) a vessel of liquor, a flagon: liquor for drinking: a basin for holy water.
    • n Stoop stōōp an open platform before the entrance of a house.
    • n Stoop stōōp a prop, support, a patron.
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  • Katharine Hepburn
    “To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.”
  • Lew Wallace
    Lew Wallace
    “When people are lonely they stoop to any companionship.”
  • Jordan Grooms
    Jordan Grooms
    “If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stoupen,; akin to AS. stpian, OD. stuypen, Icel. stūpa, Sw. stupa, to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th Steep


In literature:

His love stoops when it embraces us.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He stooped over her, panting.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Then stooping down he picked up a few branches that had been gathered ready, and made the fire blaze more brightly.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
Paul stooped down and raised up his head.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was about to spring to my feet and stoop to pick up my rifle, when I found it had gone.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was flushed and agitated, and looked as if he would like to annihilate the crowd pushing him about on his own stoop.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
Wondering he stooped and picked it up, a bit of bright gold on the handle of a handsome riding whip.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
Godwyn stooped and kissed him upon the forehead.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
He paid no heed to her, but stooped to look under the bed.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
She stooped, to steal forward on the rocks and look for the sail again.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels

In poetry:

But the wind stooped,
With madness tired, and drooped
In the soft valley and slept,
While morning strangely round the hush'd tree crept
And called in vain.
"Ten o'Clock No More" by John Freeman
He stooped to save when hope had fled;
For soon my mother's moan
Was heard no more;—when she had shed
Her last tear o'er my father's bed,
She rested in her own.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions I" by John Pierpont
She will stoop to his lips and say,
"Oh, live, O love! O my true love, stay!"
While he smiles and sighs her arms between
And dies for the Summer, dies for the Queen.
"The Champion" by Edith Nesbit
Title, land, and broad dominion,
With himself to me he gave;
Stooped to earth his spirit's pinion,
And became my willing slave!
Knelt and prayed until he won me--
Looks he coldly upon me?
"The Deserted Bride" by George Pope Morris
You never meant to give me pain,
But oh, 'twas a cruel good,
I so low in the world's esteem,
You of such noble blood,
That you stooped to as gentle words and deeds,
As ever an angel could.
"The Lady Maud" by Marietta Holley
The hills are dearest which our childish feet
Have climbed the earliest; and the streams most sweet
Are ever those at which our young lips drank,
Stooped to their waters o'er the grassy bank.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Bob and Mike Stoops downplay interaction at West Virginia.
The hiring isn't official, but the Orlando Sentinel reported that Stoops was on the Florida State campus and expected to attend practice Tuesday afternoon.
The 45-year-old becomes the third Stoops brother to head a BCS conference program.
Coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday that Saunders' eligibility appeal had been approved by the NCAA.
Stoops Hires FSU's Eliot to Lead Kentucky Defense.
Kentucky's new coach Mark Stoops has hired former Florida State assistant D.J.
Mark Stoops has been busy hiring assistants, wooing recruits and setting up his operation as the new head football coach at Kentucky.
Lots of feedback from my column on Bob Stoops making excuses .
Stoops also said he doesn't like an opponent knowing about a player's possible weaknesses, because if he does play, the other team can exploit them.
"I don't believe a kid who is going to participate … the other team oughta know where he's limited," Stoops said.
NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hands out game balls after victories.
Stoops to take over as the new football coach at Kentucky.
Funeral held for teen killed by SUV on stoop.
I might even stoop to buying a calendar.
Guinness confirms Sanibel Stoop record.

In science:

This ensures that the two systems are stooped simultaneously with the occurrence of an external trigger and their memories are read before to start again recording data as described previously.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Sch¨ucking, “World models” in La structure et l’´evolution de l’univers, p. 149, Editions Stoops, Bruxelles (1958).
Bianchi type II,III and V diagonal Einstein metrics re-visited