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stoop 1

v. stooped, stoop·ing, stoops
1. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back: had to stoop in order to fit into the cave.
2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
a. To lower or debase oneself: I wouldn't stoop to such behavior.
b. To descend from a superior social position; condescend: Would the prince stoop to have a meal with peasants?
4. To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
1. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
2. To debase; humble: stooped himself to such disgraceful acts.
1. The act of stooping.
2. A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual: walked with a stoop.
3. An act of self-abasement or condescension.
4. A descent, as of a bird of prey.

[Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian.]
Synonyms: stoop1, condescend, deign
These verbs mean to descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity: stooped to contemptible methods to realize their ambitions; won't condescend to acknowledge his rival's greeting; didn't even deign to reply.

stoop 2

A small porch, platform, or staircase leading to the entrance of a house or building.

[Dutch stoep, front veranda, from Middle Dutch.]

stoop 3

Variant of stoup.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stooped - having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect; "a little oldish misshapen stooping woman"
unerect - not upright in position or posture


(stuːp) verb
1. to bend the body forward and downward. The doorway was so low that he had to stoop (his head) to go through it; She stooped down to talk to the child.
2. to lower one's (moral) standards by doing something. Surely he wouldn't stoop to cheating!
a stooping position of the body, shoulder etc. Many people develop a stoop as they grow older.
stooped adjective
stooped shoulders; He is stooped with age.


adj encorvado; to become — encorvarse
References in classic literature ?
But that a vague and shadowy crowd of such ideas came slowly on him; that they taught him to be sorry when he looked upon his haggard face, that they overflowed his eyes when he stooped to kiss him, that they kept him waking in a tearful gladness, shading him from the sun, fanning him with leaves, soothing him when he started in his sleep--ah
As she stooped above him, with her handkerchief brushing the blood from his cheek where some one had stepped on him, his eyes opened.
Now, if that fellow was wearing braces and stooped like that, you'd say he'd burst those braces, wouldn't you?
I had noticed that he always advanced with his dim torch to where he could place the food within my reach and as he stooped to place it upon the floor his head was about on a level with my breast.