stoop

I.
/stup / (say stoohp)

verb (i)
1. to bend the head and shoulders, or the body generally, forwards and downwards from an erect position: to stoop over a desk.
2. to carry the head and shoulders habitually bowed forwards: to stoop from age.
3. to bend, bow, or lean (said of trees, precipices, etc.).
4. to descend from one's level of dignity; condescend; deign.
5. to lower oneself by undignified or unworthy behaviour: *Despite the failings of his race / A brave old man was he, / Who would not stoop to actions base, / And hated treachery. –adam lindsay gordon, 1864.
6. to swoop down, as a hawk at prey.
7. Rare to submit; yield.
8. Obsolete to come down from a height.
verb (t)
9. to bend (oneself, one's head, etc.) forwards and downwards.
10. Obsolete to abase, humble, or subdue.
noun
11. the act of stooping; a stooping movement.
12. a stooping position or carriage of body.
13. a descent from dignity or superiority; a condescension.
14. a downward swoop, as of a hawk.
{Middle English stoupe, Old English stūpian; related to steep1}
II.
/stup / (say stoohp)

noun
a step or set of steps at the entrance to a building.
{Dutch stoep}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Stoop — Stoop, n. [Cf. Icel. staup a knobby lump.] A post fixed in the earth. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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