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.

Primary Meanings of stoop

1.
vn
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward
2.
n
small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house
3.
n
basin for holy water
Full Definitions of stoop
1

v 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
Types:
squinch
crouch down
cower, huddle
crouch or curl up
Type of:
bend, flex
form a curve

v 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”
Type of:
bear, carry, hold
support or hold in a certain manner

v sag, bend, bend over or down

“the rocks stooped down over the hiking path”
Type of:
incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle

v 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
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v descend swiftly, as if on prey

“The eagle stooped on the mice in the field”
Type of:
pounce, swoop
move down on as if in an attack

n an inclination of the top half of the body forward and downward

Type of:
inclination, inclining
the act of inclining; bending forward
2

n small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house

Synonyms:
stoep
Type of:
porch
a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
3

n basin for holy water

Synonyms:
stoup
Type of:
basin
a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

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