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.
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.
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, . . . Dryden.
Yet stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more
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."
Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it
multiplieth riches exceedingly. Bacon.
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
Two birds of gayest plume before him drove.
5. To sink when on the wing; to
And stoop with closing pinions from
With blandishment, each bird stooped on his wing.
Syn. -- To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower;
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