stoop 1 (stp)
v. stooped, stoop·ing, stoops
1. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back: had to stoop in order to fit into the cave.
2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
a. To lower or debase oneself: I wouldn't stoop to such behavior.
b. To descend from a superior social position; condescend: Would the prince stoop to have a meal with peasants?
4. To swoop down, as a bird in pursuing its prey.
1. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
2. To debase; humble: stooped himself to such disgraceful acts.
1. The act of stooping.
2. A forward bending of the head and upper back, especially when habitual: walked with a stoop.
3. An act of self-abasement or condescension.
4. A descent, as of a bird of prey.
[Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian.]
Synonyms: stoop1, condescend, deign
These verbs mean to descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity: stooped to contemptible methods to realize their ambitions; won't condescend to acknowledge his rival's greeting; didn't even deign to reply.
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