Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small porch, platform, or staircase leading to the entrance of a house or building.
  • intransitive verb To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back.
  • intransitive verb To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
  • intransitive verb To lower or debase oneself.
  • intransitive verb To descend from a superior social position; condescend.
  • intransitive verb To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
  • intransitive verb To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
  • intransitive verb To debase; humble.
  • noun The act of stooping.
  • noun A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual.
  • noun An act of self-abasement or condescension.
  • noun A descent, as of a bird of prey.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A drinking-vessel; a beaker; a flagon; a tankard; a pitcher.
  • noun Hence Liquor for drinking, especially wine, considered as the contents of a stoop: as, he tossed off his stoop.
  • noun A basin for holy water, usuallyplaced in a niche or against the wall or a pillar at the entrance of Roman Catholic churches: also used in private houses.
  • To bend; bow; incline; especially, of persons, to lower the body by bending forward and downward.
  • To be bent or inclined from the perpendicular; specifically, to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forward from the upright line of the rest of the body.
  • To come down; descend.
  • Specifically, to swoop upon prey or quarry, as a hawk; pounce.
  • To condescend; deign: especially expressing a lowering of the moral self, and generally followed by an infinitive or the proposition to.
  • To yield; submit; succumb.
  • To bend downward; bow.
  • To incline; tilt: as, to stoop a cask.
  • To bring or take down; lower, as a flag or a sail.
  • To put down; abase; submit; subject.
  • To cast down; prostrate; overthrow; overcome.
  • To swoop or pounce down upon.
  • To steep; macerate.
  • noun The stock or stem, as of a tree; the stump.
  • noun A post or pillar; specifically, an upright post used to mark distance, etc., on a racecourse.
  • noun An upright support; a prop or column; specifically, in coal-mining, a pillar of coal left to support the roof.
  • noun Figuratively, a sustainer; a patron.
  • noun An uncovered platform before the entrance of a house, raised, and approached by means of steps. Sometimes incorrectly used for porch or veranda.
  • noun The act of stooping or bending down; hence, a habitual bend of the back or shoulders: as, to walk with a stoop.
  • noun The darting down of a bird on its prey; a swoop; a pounce.
  • noun Hence That which stoops or swoops; a hawk.
  • noun A descent from superiority, dignity, or power; a condescension, concession, or submission: as, a politic stoop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bend forward and downward; to bow down.
  • transitive verb To cause to incline downward; to slant.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to submit; to prostrate.
  • transitive verb obsolete To degrade.
  • noun A vessel of liquor; a flagon.
  • noun The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders.
  • noun Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation.
  • noun The fall of a bird on its prey; a swoop.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A post fixed in the earth.
  • noun (Arch.), United States 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.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch stoep, front veranda, from Middle Dutch.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Dutch stoep ("platform", "pavement"). Cognate with English "step".

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English stūpian ("to bow, to bend"). Compare steep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old Norse stolpe

Examples

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  • Against this wall, there was a trellis of moonflowers, which popped open like small white parachutes at twilight in the summertime, and between the trellis and the stoop you could pull up water from a cistern in the veritable oaken bucket of the song.

    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Daguerreotype of a Lady', in The Thurber Album

    In this sense (‘An uncovered platform before the entrance of a house, raised, and approached by means of steps. Sometimes incorrectly used for porch or veranda.’) a N.Am. word, first recorded 1789, from Dutch 'stoep', of similar meaning in relation to Dutch domestic architecture and also used in English under that spelling.

    July 10, 2008