Stoop, v. t. 1. To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body. "Have stooped my neck." Shak.

2. To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor.

3. To cause to submit; to prostrate. [Obs.]

Many of those whose states so tempt thine ears
Are stooped by death; and many left alive.

4. To degrade. [Obs.] Shak.

Stoop (?), n. [D. stoep.] (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. [U. S.]

Stoop, n. [OE. stope, Icel. staup; akin to AS. steÁp, D. stoop, G. stauf, OHG. stouph.] A vessel of liquor; a flagon. [Written also stoup.]

Fetch me a stoop of liquor.

Stoop, n. [Cf. Icel. staup a knobby lump.] A post fixed in the earth. [Prov. Eng.]

Stoop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stooped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Stooping.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen, Icel. stūpa, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th Steep.] 1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. "She stoops to conquer." Goldsmith.

Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it multiplieth riches exceedingly.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Syn. -- To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower; shrink.

Stoop, n. 1. The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders.

2. 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?

3. The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop. L'Estrange.