stoop

Stoop means to lean your head and torso forward and down. If you're six feet tall and you tour a historical building, you'll have to stoop to get through the low doorways.

Stoop comes from the same root as steep. You can stoop to clear a doorway, or stoop metaphorically, by lower your morals. If you used to be an honest garbageman but now haul "garbage" for the mafia, you have "stooped to their level." If you slouch and droop, you're stooping. When owls quickly descend on their prey, that's also called stooping. Stoop is also the term for the stairs leading up to a front entrance of a house.

Definitions of stoop
  1. verb
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    “The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse”
    synonyms: bend, bow, crouch
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    types:
    squinch
    crouch down
    cower, huddle
    crouch or curl up
    type of:
    bend, flex
    form a curve
  2. verb
    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”
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    type of:
    bear, carry, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
  3. verb
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    “the rocks stooped down over the hiking path”
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    type of:
    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
  4. verb
    debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
    “I won't stoop to reading other people's mail”
    synonyms: condescend, lower oneself
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  5. verb
    descend swiftly, as if on prey
    “The eagle stooped on the mice in the field”
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    type of:
    pounce, swoop
    move down on as if in an attack
  6. noun
    an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
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    type of:
    inclination, inclining
    the act of inclining; bending forward
  7. noun
    small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
    synonyms: stoep
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    type of:
    porch
    a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
  8. noun
    basin for holy water
    synonyms: stoup
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    type of:
    basin
    a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids
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As our culture becomes more homogenized, regional language distinctions fade away. But many, like New York City's stoop are still out there, and they're still fun.

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