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.