Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Stoop Sale

funny word of the day: stoop

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈstüp\
Function: verb
Etymology: Middle English stoupen, from Old English stūpian; akin to Swedish stupa to fall, plunge, Old English stēap steep, deep
Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb 1 a : to bend the body or a part of the body forward and downward sometimes simultaneously bending the knees b : to stand or walk with a forward inclination of the head, body, or shoulders
2 : yield, submit
3 a : to descend from a superior rank, dignity, or status b : to lower oneself morally ed to lying>
4 a archaic : to move down from a height : alight b : to fly or dive down swiftly usually to attack preytransitive verb 1 : debase, degrade
2 : to bend (a part of the body) forward and downward

Function: noun
Date: 1571

1 a : an act of bending the body forward b : a temporary or habitual forward bend of the back and shoulders
2 : the descent of a bird especially on its prey
3 : a lowering of oneself


Function: noun
Etymology: Dutch stoep; akin to Old English stæpe step — more at step
Date: 1755

: a porch, platform, entrance stairway, or small veranda at a house door

I like all the definitions of this word but living in Brooklyn, the land of brownstones with stoops, the latter definition resonates the most. Stoop sales are very popular here and occasionally I do see people sitting on their stoops, although not as much as I thought I would when we moved here. We do not have a stoop but sometimes I wish we did.


  1. Stoop is such a NY word! Don't know if anybody else in the world uses it.

  2. O. Henry even uses the word "stoopers" in one of his short-stories, "Rus In Urbe":

    'In the cross-town streets the steps of the old brownstone houses were swarming with “stoopers,” that motley race hailing from sky-light room and basement, bringing out their straw doorstep mats to sit and fill the air with strange noises and opinions.'