1. a ladle or ladlelike utensil, especially a small, deep-sided shovel with a short, horizontal handle, for taking up flour, sugar, etc.
  2. a utensil composed of a palm-sized hollow hemisphere attached to a horizontal handle, for dishing out ice cream or other soft foods.
  3. a hemispherical portion of food as dished out by such a utensil: two scoops of chocolate ice cream.
  4. the bucket of a dredge, steam shovel, etc.
  5. Surgery. a spoonlike apparatus for removing substances or foreign objects from the body.
  6. a hollow or hollowed-out place.
  7. the act of ladling, dipping, dredging, etc.
  8. the quantity held in a ladle, dipper, shovel, bucket, etc.
  9. Journalism. a news item, report, or story first revealed in one paper, magazine, newscast, etc.; beat.
  10. Informal. news, information, or details, especially as obtained from experience or an immediate source: What’s the scoop on working this machine?
  11. a gathering to oneself or lifting with the arms or hands.
  12. Informal. a big haul, as of money.
  13. Television, Movies. a single large floodlight shaped like a flour scoop.

verb (used with object)

  1. to take up or out with or as if with a scoop.
  2. to empty with a scoop.
  3. to form a hollow or hollows in.
  4. to form with or as if with a scoop.
  5. to get the better of (other publications, newscasters, etc.) by obtaining and publishing or broadcasting a news item, report, or story first: They scooped all the other dailies with the story of the election fraud.
  6. to gather up or to oneself or to put hastily by a sweeping motion of one’s arms or hands: He scooped the money into his pocket.

verb (used without object)

  1. to remove or gather something with or as if with a scoop: to scoop with a ridiculously small shovel.


  1. a utensil used as a shovel or ladle, esp a small shovel with deep sides and a short handle, used for taking up flour, corn, etc
  2. a utensil with a long handle and round bowl used for dispensing liquids
  3. a utensil with a round bowl and short handle, sometimes with a mechanical device to empty the bowl, for serving ice cream or mashed potato
  4. anything that resembles a scoop in action, such as the bucket on a dredge
  5. a spoonlike surgical instrument for scraping or extracting foreign matter, etc, from the body
  6. the quantity taken up by a scoop
  7. the act of scooping, dredging, etc
  8. a hollow cavity
  9. slang a large quick gain, as of money
  10. a news story reported in one newspaper before all the others; an exclusive
  11. any sensational piece of news

verb (mainly tr)

  1. (often foll by up) to take up and remove (an object or substance) with or as if with a scoop
  2. (often foll by out) to hollow out with or as if with a scoopto scoop a hole in a hillside
  3. to win (a prize, award, or large amount of money)
  4. to beat (rival newspapers) in uncovering a news item
  5. sport to hit (the ball) on its underside so that it rises into the air

v.mid-14c., “to bail out,” from scoop (n.) and from Low German scheppen “to draw water,” from Proto-Germanic *skuppon (cf. Old Saxon skeppian, Dutch scheppen, Old High German scaphan, German schöpfen “to scoop, ladle out”), from PIE root *skeubh- (cf. Old English sceofl “shovel,” Old Saxon skufla; see shove (v.)). In the journalistic sense from 1884. Related: Scooped; scooping. n.early 14c., “utensil for bailing out,” from Middle Dutch schope “bucket for bailing water,” from West Germanic *skopo (cf. Middle Low German schope “ladle”), from Proto-Germanic *skop-, from PIE *(s)kep- “to cut, to scrape, to hack” (see scabies). Also from Middle Dutch schoepe “a scoop, shovel” (Dutch schop “a spade,” related to German Schüppe “a shovel,” also “a spade at cards”). Meaning “action of scooping” is from 1742; that of “amount in a scoop” is from 1832. Sense of “a big haul, as if in a scoop net” is from 1893. The journalistic sense of “news published before a rival” is first recorded 1874, American English, from earlier commercial slang verbal sense of “appropriate so as to exclude competitors” (c.1850).

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