from The Century Dictionary.

  • To emit a harsh or grating sound: grate; creak.
  • noun A harsh sound or cry.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun The crisp, crunching sound emitted when a bundle of silk yarn is tightly twisted and pressed together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To create a rustling sound from friction between silk fibers.


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  • He came hurrying aft, nearly tumbling once; while, left to his own power alone, the coxswain redoubled his efforts to keep down the water, and the tin baler went _scoop scroop, scoop scroop_, and _splash splash_, as he sent the water flying.

    Blue Jackets The Log of the Teaser

  • Only the "scroop" of the runners and jingle of the sleigh-bells seemed to be hammered into the brain, for all eternity.

    From Paris to New York by Land

  • I took my dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog-kennel, vowing I hated a good book.

    Wuthering Heights

  • And as she went up-stairs Julia listened to hear their chairs scroop on the kamptulikon floor as they drew them to the table; she was surprised not to hear the sound, but she imagined the game must have been put off a little so that her father could talk over his troubles.

    The Good Comrade

  • A metallic rattle and scroop told that the official in the box on the other side of the Castle bluff had opened the points.

    The Dop Doctor

  • The door opened with a dismal scroop, and shut with an appalling bang.

    Birds of Prey

  • From the young person employed as housemaid, I gets what I take the liberty to call my ground-plan of the baronet's habits; beginning with his late breakfast, consisting chiefly of gunpowder tea and cayenne pepper, and ending with the scroop of his latch-key, to be heard any time from two in the morning to day-break.

    Run to Earth A Novel

  • Tizzy placed her arms round her brother's neck and clung tightly while he played the restive steed, and raised Cook's ire to red-hot point by purposely kicking one of the Windsor chairs, making it scroop on the beautifully-white floor of the front kitchen, and making the queen of the domain rush out at him, looking red-eyed and ferocious, for the onion-juice had affected her.

    Brave and True Short stories for children by G. M. Fenn and Others

  • Jerry caught at one of the hall chairs, and made it scroop on the stone floor.

    The Queen's Scarlet The Adventures and Misadventures of Sir Richard Frayne

  • I took my dingy volume by the scroop, and hurled it into the dog-kennel, vowing I hated a good book.

    Wuthering Heights


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  • a harsh, grating sound; or the rustling sound of silk or rayon that's created during finishing by treating the fabric with acids

    February 23, 2007