Definition of scoop in US English:



  • 1A utensil resembling a spoon, with a long handle and a deep bowl, used for removing powdered, granulated, or semisolid substances (such as ice cream) from a container.

    • ‘Using a paring knife or a melon ball scoop, hollow out the bottom of the cake, keeping the removed section intact.’
    • ‘If you're putting out flour, every plastic or metal thing in your house can be a scoop or a container.’
    • ‘When the kids arrive, they see a big tarp piled with 10 pounds of flour, bowls, scoops, and sifters.’
    • ‘Counter girls use ice cream scoops to measure the finished slaw into styrofoam cuplets.’
    • ‘There was an instrument that played the wind, made of ice-cream scoops, which whizzed around when the wind blew it or they hit it with a cricket bat.’
    • ‘From plant covers to scoops to bird feeders, these containers have been a gardener's friend.’
    • ‘‘She said she felt like a rock star,’ she says of her partner's experience checking in at the airport with a stack of steel scoops.’
    • ‘An alterative method is to record the number of feed containers (weigh scoops, coffee cans, etc.) used to feed the sows over a period of several days and determine the average amount consumed per day.’
    • ‘Using a ¼ cup measuring scoop, spoon a biscuit-sized lump of dough into the flour and sprinkle flour gently over it.’
    • ‘As long as you handle them carefully, the scoops should last forever.’
    • ‘Use a table knife to scoop and press dough into ¼ cup measuring scoops, and plunk the mounds onto the prepared cookie sheets.’
    • ‘You can remove the debris by hand, with a spatula, a large spoon, a gutter scoop, or small trowel.’
    • ‘I use a homemade scoop to measure, and stir it in with a soft brush till completely dissolved.’
    • ‘Use an ice cream scoop to remove seeds and strings from a squash.’
    spoon, ladle, dipper
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    1. 1.1 A short-handled deep shovel used for moving grain, coal, etc.
    2. 1.2 A moving bowl-shaped part of a digging machine, dredger, or other mechanism into which material is gathered.
      • ‘I have seen, wavering below, as if viewed through heat waves or clear, deep water, what appears to be a fantastic siege machinery - an elaborate system of scoops, cables & wheels.’
    3. 1.3 A long-handled surgical instrument that resembles a spoon.
    4. 1.4 A quantity taken up by a scoop.
      ‘an apple pie with scoops of ice cream on top’
      • ‘To serve, set two scoops of pumpkin seed cream in the center of a plate and arrange alternating layers of strudel tuiles and apples on top.’
      • ‘We had a slice of hot apple pie with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.’
      • ‘Throw about a cup and a half of stout in the blender with two scoops of premium vanilla ice cream and whirl away; it's one of the truly great taste thrills in life.’
      • ‘Top with a scoop of blackberry tea sorbet and butternut squash drips.’
      • ‘At that, Joe, moving quickly, reached into his pocket and pulled out a teaspoon and threw in 3 small scoops of the white powder from the plastic bag.’
      • ‘I extracted slow licks from a single scoop of vanilla.’
      • ‘First, fill a standard coffee mug with 2 scoops of rainbow sherbet.’
      • ‘Take small scoops of dough and roll to form small balls 2 inches in diameter.’
      • ‘A good, plain, not too sweet scoop of vanilla would have made a far better companion.’
      • ‘Instead of using scoops of mortar, you can cover an entire area with 1 to 2 inches of leveled mortar before laying the paving piece.’
      • ‘Serve the tarts warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or with apricot brandy sorbet.’
      • ‘I really shouldn't have been surprised when I ended up at the ice cream parlor with Mom and my three scoops of rainbow sherbet in a sugar cone.’
      • ‘The city's worth a visit for that alone - three scoops of high-roast ground Cuban coffee to a trickle of scalding water, served in sugary shot measures that simply electrify the system.’
      • ‘You can inoculate your soil by finding a healthy wild tree and then bringing a few scoops of the soil beneath its branches back to your ground.’
      • ‘Set a scoop of mint gelato on top and garnish with chocolate shavings and mint.’
      • ‘The title poem of his new collection is a rangy, long-lined meditation dishing up great scoops of modern life.’
      • ‘We could have had three scoops of different ice creams with all the toppings we want.’
      • ‘A scoop of ice-cream is also indispensable for many a diner with his cup of fruit salad.’
      • ‘On a plate, place two samosas and top with a scoop of sherbet.’
      • ‘So we get two scoops of each and we walk around the park.’
      spoonful, ladleful, portion, lump, ball
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  • 2informal A piece of news published by a newspaper or broadcast by a television or radio station in advance of its rivals.

    • ‘A scoop by the tabloid newspaper announced that he had sent him to visit a rehab clinic to observe the dangers of drug use.’
    • ‘Our tale is about a journalist who decides to go to the Soviet Union to get a big scoop for the front page of his newspaper.’
    • ‘The programme features some of the show's biggest scoops and most memorable moments.’
    • ‘If, however, qualified privilege is ever to extend to scoops and exposés of this nature, it is difficult to see what fuller opportunity for comment could be given.’
    • ‘He had a string of impressive scoops at the newspaper.’
    • ‘We commit to continuing to publish the serious scoops, the weighty investigative pieces and the incisive political analysis.’
    • ‘One of her answers became the headline of the resulting scoop for his newspaper.’
    • ‘He was also conducting damage control because it already had the scoop on the deal and was going to break the story before he made his announcement at the show.’
    • ‘The station's recent news scoop on the controversy meant that it had the only television interview with the judge.’
    • ‘Inventiveness, bite and enthusiasm keep it ahead of the pack and the intuitive Glass epitomizes those qualities, sending staff into raptures on a weekly basis with news of his latest audacious scoops at editorial meetings.’
    • ‘Around her was a mass of hungry school newspaper journalists and editors and photographers and gossipers wanting the scoop on her and Anthony.’
    • ‘In the ferociously competitive media markets that are a feature of most western countries, this rule comes a very poor second to the demand for sensational scoops and eye-catching headlines.’
    • ‘It has yet to sue a professional news organisation for publishing similar scoops.’
    • ‘Your news and scoops have helped me tremendously.’
    • ‘Her father George, a journalist, sees this as his big chance to advance his stagnating newspaper career, to bag an incredible scoop.’
    • ‘I'll write more on this later, but I think that she has a real big scoop here.’
    • ‘I wanted the scoop, but not that badly.’
    • ‘The important point here is that we've got the big news scoop and we're the first site to actually bring you a report from a US soldier on the front lines.’
    • ‘The press club syndrome plays its own role in ensuring that the bulk of the news is the same across channels and newspapers and that barring the occasional exclusives and scoops, there are no surprises.’
    • ‘This preserved its news scoop, but it also prolonged the skepticism surrounding the Americans' story.’
    exclusive, exclusive story, inside story, exposé, revelation
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    1. 2.1the scoopNorth American The latest information about something.
      • ‘Karen gives the latest scoop on long hair at the Fashion 2000 Runways.’
      • ‘If you are, or know of, a classical musician, you'll love the inside scoop, which is more accurate than most folks would believe.’
      • ‘Ever want to get the scoop on who's publishing what and when?’
      • ‘There's one item, however, I can give you the straight scoop on.’
      • ‘He has the scoop on current initiatives afoot to inform you of the latest flaws and fixes.’
      • ‘Rosanna is the Entertainment News Reporter, so she always has the scoop on what is happening with the stars.’
      • ‘All the women in town turned to her for the latest scoop on everything.’
      • ‘So I headed to his Web site for the real scoop on my battery.’
      • ‘Up next, who do American reporters turn to for the real scoop in Afghanistan?’
      • ‘It was a mad and informative place to get the scoop on your favourite anything and like the rest of the internet, someone always had advice for you whether you needed it or not.’
      • ‘Read the business section of newspapers for the scoop.’


[with object]
  • 1Pick up and move (something) with a scoop.

    ‘Philip began to scoop grain into his bag’
    • ‘Since he was laughing I began laughing and he began to scoop the popcorn back into the bowl.’
    • ‘Mounds of fluffy basmati rice are scooped from an immense pot, heaped onto a platter and topped with the steaming kabobs, grilled tomatoes and a section of raw onion.’
    • ‘She put her hand in the fountain and scooped out a handful of water, then drank it.’
    • ‘In the long troughs off to one side, he scooped a grain mix from the two barrels in the wagon.’
    • ‘She scooped a large spoonful of scrambled eggs onto the plate before me.’
    • ‘Mumbling and feeling awkward, Tristan moved to scoop a spoonful but the spoon hit the bowl and some of it splattered onto Tristan's chest.’
    • ‘Retired, he now scoops ice cream a few days a week at a neighborhood parlor.’
    • ‘Rebecca scooped a small palm sized amount of grain and let him eat some from her hand.’
    • ‘I scooped some macaroni onto my plate and grabbed a hot dog and hot dog bun.’
    • ‘Gwen grabbed a bowl and began to scoop meatballs and spaghetti into it.’
    • ‘So her mum used a bent oven tray to scoop up all the caterpillars.’
    • ‘I grabbed the pot she'd set down and scooped the grains onto my plate.’
    • ‘‘One chocolate milkshake coming up,’ Mike said cheerfully and began scooping some ice cream into a large silver cup.’
    • ‘Scooping a spoonful up, she bends her spoon, took aim and fired.’
    • ‘He knelt down to begin frantically scooping them back into the box as she slid the apartment key into her pocket, undid the deadbolt and stepped out into the hall.’
    • ‘Or dump them in a big bowl and have kids use a miniature spoon to scoop out a spoonful each.’
    • ‘Sitting down at his usual spot, Anthony begins to scoop his food into his mouth.’
    • ‘What's more, North America has vast deposits of uranium ore, and scooping it up is no real challenge.’
    • ‘He carefully scooped the ice cream, treating Ellie to sprinkles because he knew how much she loved them.’
    • ‘I picked up a box and scooped out a handful, laying them on my bed.’
    1. 1.1 Create (a hollow or hole) with or as if with a scoop.
      ‘a hole was scooped out in the floor of the dwelling’
      • ‘In real life, the flour produced slides down into the hole scooped out of the grinding-stone at its base.’
      • ‘The English Channel and the North Sea were dry land, crossed by a few rivers and interrupted at intervals by large lakes formed in hollows scooped out by earlier ice-flows.’
      • ‘Preacher's Cave turned out to be a large natural chamber scooped out of a limestone cliff, with rifts in the roof acting as chimneys opening out onto powder blue skies.’
      • ‘Yet, wedged into a cavernous socket scooped out of the mountain like ice cream and scoured smooth by wind and rain, the setting is spectacular.’
      • ‘As I look out from my hole, I count eight other holes that turtles have scooped out at the base of this particular bush.’
      • ‘He slowly knelt down and scooped out a small hole and placed his hand in it.’
      • ‘Later geologists described the lakes as basins scooped out by glaciers.’
      • ‘Chopping his way up the final snow slope, Phil scooped out bucketlike footholds and planted a rope anchor that could serve as a hand line.’
      hollow out, gouge out, dig, excavate, cut out
      remove, take out, spoon out, scrape out, ladle out
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    2. 1.2 Pick up (someone or something) in a swift, fluid movement.
      ‘he laughed and scooped her up in his arms’
      • ‘When I went down he just scooped up my bag and pedalled off.’
      • ‘She scooped her son up in her arms, and began traveling across the war torn streets of the metropolis.’
      • ‘On occasion, it has taken me all my powers of persuasion to prevent my husband from scooping the towels up and throwing them into the pool.’
      • ‘He then scooped her up and began to carry her back to the cabin.’
      • ‘Freddy scooped the ball up and bounced it toward Doc on a long throw.’
      • ‘Without warning, it scoops him up in its upper arms.’
      • ‘In the chaos, Charlie scooped the liberated lab rat into his pocket and caught a plane back to New York.’
      • ‘With a practiced movement she scooped it back into her hand, held it protectively against her chest.’
      • ‘Then, finally, the officers scoop up all the valuables and leave.’
      • ‘As the seat scooped them up and began to carry them up the side of the mountain, she leaned back and breathed a cloud into the cold air.’
      • ‘They reluctantly let me go, and I was quickly scooped up into the arms of the other person.’
      • ‘She leaned down and scooped the child in her arms and lifted her up.’
      • ‘Some friendly vendors scooped me up when I passed out en route to the general hospital.’
      • ‘He swam up to me, the water reaching halfway up my stomach, and then stood up, scooping me up in the same fluid motion.’
      • ‘Throwing her bags into the hallway toward her room, Krystal scooped the cat into her arms as she moved to allow Kirby to take her things upstairs too.’
      • ‘An unknown length of time later I scooped him into my net, which he stuck out of.’
      • ‘She stopped walking, turned to him, and with one swift movement knelt down and scooped him up in her comforting arms.’
      • ‘My eyes caught sight of the one I wanted and I quickly scooped it up and then saw another letter that caught my eye.’
      • ‘He scoops me into his arms without notice and carries me to the bed.’
      • ‘Mark then scooped her up, and started to run back to the house.’
      pick up, gather up, lift, sweep up, catch up, take up
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  • 2informal Publish a news story before (a rival reporter, newspaper, or radio or television station).

    • ‘Nothing is as sobering as getting elbow checked out of the way by a cane-wielding senior citizen as they scoop you on the item of your dreams.’
    • ‘But while it effectively scoops the official account, due in January from National Geographic Adventure Press, it's hardly great.’
    • ‘To get this scoop, Naxos brought its recording equipment to the Wexford Festival Opera on the coast of Ireland.’
    • ‘Plenty of print journalists who maintain weblogs must be tempted to scoop themselves by blogging something before writing about it for their paper.’
    • ‘You'd dial the number, then keep the line open while you encouraged the whole of the web to blitz it, thus scooping all of your rivals.’
    • ‘Biggest soap news of the year, and totally scooping anything that was going on in Weatherfield, was the return of Dirty Den Watts.’
    • ‘In recent months, a whole herd of environmental journalists have claimed to scoop the latest massacre of elephants at the hands of ivory traders, but the true story could lie elsewhere.’
    • ‘The poor guy at the table was stunned that I wasn't trying to scoop him.’
    • ‘He declared categorically that it would, and while I thought that was a big scoop the news desk didn't, and gave it two paras on an inside page.’


Middle English (originally denoting a utensil for pouring liquids): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schōpe ‘waterwheel bucket’; from a West Germanic base meaning ‘draw water’; related to the verb shape.