Stoop Stoop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stooped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stooping}.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen, Icel. st[=u]pa, 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection. [1913 Webster]

Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long, . . . Yet stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

These are arts, my prince, In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. ``She stoops to conquer.'' --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it multiplieth riches exceedingly. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop. [1913 Webster]

The bird of Jove, stooped from his a["e]ry tour, Two birds of gayest plume before him drove. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To sink when on the wing; to alight. [1913 Webster]

And stoop with closing pinions from above. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Cowering low With blandishment, each bird stooped on his wing. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower; shrink. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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