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.
A vessel of liquor; a flagon.
A post fixed in the earth.
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.
To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume a position of humility or subjection.
To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend.
To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to souse; to swoop.
To sink when on the wing; to alight.
To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body.
To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor.
To cause to submit; to prostrate.
The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders.
Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation.
The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is. Phillips Brooks
When I was a kid, Halloween was strictly a starchy-vegetable-only holiday, with pumpkins and Indian corn on the front stoop; there was nothing electric, nothing inflatable, nothing with latex membranes or strobes. Susan Orlean