Meaning of SCOOP in English


I. ˈsküp noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English scope, from Middle Dutch schope, schoepe; akin to Middle Low German schōpe scoop, Middle High German schuobe scoop, Old High German skepfen to form, shape, create, draw up water — more at shape

1. : any of various containers or utensils for holding or removing liquid or loose materials: as

a. : a large ladle : a vessel with a long handle used for dipping or skimming liquids

a scoop for bailing a rowboat

b. : a deep shovel or similar but smaller and handheld implement for digging out and dipping or for shoveling

a coal scoop

a flour scoop

a grain scoop

a measuring scoop

c. : a hemispherical utensil with a handle for dipping out soft food (as ice cream or mashed potatoes)

d. : a small utensil often with a spoon-shaped blade for cutting or gouging ; specifically : a spoon-shaped surgical instrument used in extracting various materials (as debris, pus, foreign bodies)

e. : a receptacle with high curved sides for holding a loose bulk commodity on a weighing scale

f. : the bucket of a dredging machine or an earth-moving vehicle ; also : an earth-moving vehicle having a bucket

g. : cranberry rake


a. : the amount contained in a scoop

a scoop of ice cream

b. : an amount of something obtained in large quantity as if with a scoop (as a large profit in speculation)

had made a huge scoop on the stock exchange — Max Beerbohm

3. : scoop net


a. : the action of taking with a scoop or ladle : a motion with or like that made with a scoop

off these volcanic islands another scoop is made for bait — Time

b. : the act of scooping or the musical effect achieved by it : portamento

with an occasional hoot and a more than occasional scoop to betray the toll time has taken of her voice — Irving Kolodin


(1) : the taking in of all the cards on the table in one play in casino

(2) : scopa

d. : a field hockey stroke executed with the hands apart and the blade of the stick laid back to lift the ball


a. : a place hollowed out : a basin-shaped cavity : hollow

small city rests on a scoop between rocky hills — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

b. : a shallow depression in the earth prepared by various birds as a foundation for their nest

c. : a funnel-shaped opening for channeling a fluid (as air or oil) into a desired path — compare air scoop

d. : a usually multiple unit and floodlight with a more or less shovel-shaped reflector used especially in movie and television studios


a. : information especially of immediate interest or significance

you heard the hot scoop — J.A.Michener

give him the scoop on the identification — J.K.Harris

b. : an exclusive news report : beat 10b

the story was a scoop by just a few hours — Stephen Watts

men whose self-restraint will give way before their desire for a scoop — Time

7. : a rounded and usually low-cut neckline on a woman's garment

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English scopen, from scope, n.

transitive verb


a. : to take out or up with or as if with a scoop : dip

scoop sugar out of a barrel

scoop the center out of a melon

scooped up another mug of flip — Kenneth Roberts

every time she rolled to leeward, she would scoop up the South Atlantic Ocean — H.A.Chippendale

scooped up a handful of the salty earth — Marion Wilhelm

b. : to gather, take, or get sometimes surreptitiously in a more or less wholesale manner as if with a scoop : pick up

scooped up a couple of cakes of soap from the hotel — Gilbert Millstein

scooping his books up off the ground — Grace Metalious

c. : to lift (the ball) into the air with the stick without taking a preliminary swing in field hockey

2. : to empty by lading

to scoop a boat dry

3. : to make hollow : dig out : excavate

the earth had been scooped away — Willa Cather


a. : to make or shape by or as if by scooping — often used with out

water that by slow attrition had scooped out this wide channel — P.E.More

b. : to cut (material) away along a curved line ; specifically : to make (a garment) with a scoop neck or neckline

a scooped dress


a. : beat 4j

let the radio stations consistently scoop the press, or vice versa — Daniel Melcher & Nancy Larrick

b. : to obtain (a news story) as a beat

c. : to win against : beat 4d

next film … intended to scoop the screen adaptation of the year's biggest stage hit — Lewis Jacobs

6. : to glide from (one tone) to another tone especially in singing so as to sound the intermediate pitches or to begin (a tone) with a slide to the correct pitch

intransitive verb

1. : to do lading, hollowing, or gathering with or as if with a scoop

2. : to scoop a tone

the habit of sliding or scooping is another undesirable feature of singing — Sergius Kagen

she scoops, strains for notes — Robert Evett

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