- 1[intransitive] stoop (down) to bend your body forwards and downwards She stooped down to pick up the child. The doorway was so low that he had to stoop. He tends to stoop because he’s so tall.
- 2[intransitive] to stand or walk with your head and shoulders bent forwards He tends to stoop because he's so tall. Word Originverb Old English stūpian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to the adjective steep. The noun sense dates from the late 16th cent.Idioms (formal) to drop your moral standards far enough to do something bad or unpleasant She was unwilling to believe anyone would stoop so low as to steal a ring from a dead woman's finger. Phrasal Verbsstoop to something
BrE BrE//stuːp//; NAmE NAmE//stuːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stoop
BrE BrE//stuːp//; NAmE NAmE//stuːp//he / she / it stoops
BrE BrE//stuːps//; NAmE NAmE//stuːps//past simple stooped
BrE BrE//stuːpt//; NAmE NAmE//stuːpt//past participle stooped
BrE BrE//stuːpt//; NAmE NAmE//stuːpt//-ing form stooping
BrE BrE//ˈstuːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstuːpɪŋ//