A stoop in New York City.



  • The staircase and landing or porch leading to the entrance of a residence.
  • The threshold of a doorway, a doorstep.
  • A stooping, bent position of the body.
  • An accelerated descent in flight, as that for an attack.
  • A post or pillar, especially a gatepost or a support in a mine.
  • A vessel for holding liquids; like a flagon but without the spout.



Similar words


  • Borrowed from Dutch stoep ("platform", "pavement"). stoep. Cognate with step.
  • From Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian, from Proto-West Germanic *stūpōn, from Proto-Germanic *stūpōną, *stūpijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tewb-. Compare steep. Cognate with Dutch stuipen, Old Norse stúpa. Related also to Old Frisian stēpa, Old Norse steypa.
  • From Middle English stoupe, stulpe, from Old Norse stólpi, from Proto-Germanic *stulpô.
  • From Middle English stope, stoupe, from Old Norse staup, from Proto-Germanic *staupą. Related to Old English stēap.

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