Definition of stooped in US English:



  • 1(of a person) having the head and shoulders habitually bent forward.

    ‘a thin, stooped figure’
    • ‘She remembers a tiny, stooped little old man, frail and slow.’
    • ‘A small, stooped old man emerged from the back of the shop, and walked to stand opposite them, on the other side of the counter.’
    • ‘Read it and you form a mental image of the author: a priest of the old school, gaunt, stooped and elderly, with a mane of shoulder-length white hair and a black frock coat.’
    • ‘Nathan, a thin, stooped man with melancholy eyes, hardly expressed surprise when he heard about the picture.’
    • ‘Then it all came back: the angle of the stroke, the bent knees and stooped posture, the gliding rhythm.’
    • ‘It depicts a viaduct with stick figures walking across it, slightly stooped and outlined against a stormy sky.’
    • ‘His water-plastered gray beard, his stooped frame, and the weathered lines of his face made his age apparent.’
    • ‘Christopher is approaching 83, a stocky, somewhat stooped figure who walks in a determined fashion through the house and gardens as if he were 30 years younger.’
    • ‘His older brother had died of tuberculosis in the spring of 1789, a twisted, stooped, sad little figure, wasting away under the gilded ceilings of Versailles.’
    • ‘Elderly now and slightly stooped, Timothy walks with crutches as he slowly makes it down the stairs of their home.’
    • ‘I gave a strangled cry of discomfort, and my father's shape, black in the dim kitchen light, appeared behind the man's stooped figure.’
    • ‘He walked past, somewhat stooped, without paying any attention to me.’
    • ‘Upon recognizing his visitor, the stooped figure silhouetted inside the doorway straightened and smiled.’
    • ‘He was thin, tall, stooped, had dirty finger nails, smelt of cooking oil, used to roll his own tabs, and systematically looked like he was growing a beard or just about to shave it off.’
    • ‘Behind the jailhouse, lurking in the shadows was the stooped figure of a man.’
    • ‘Over time, multiple fractures of the spine can result in a stooped posture, a loss of height, and continual pain.’
    • ‘The large wooden door creaked open and the stooped figure of my great Uncle Lex leaned tiredly against the frame.’
    • ‘She was a very thin, mousy, slightly stooped woman looking no older than a student.’
    • ‘In front of me was a solitary woman, stooped and gray-haired, carrying nothing.’
    • ‘Hilal was a commanding figure, even in his eighties, thin, stooped and nearly blind.’
    1. 1.1 (of the shoulders or another part of the body) habitually bent forward.
      ‘the man was slight, with stooped shoulders’
      • ‘Notice how mousy and tentative his stance is, his shoulders stooped and his left arm crooked in a defensive position.’
      • ‘With his peroxide head bowed, eyes closed, the old man feels his way forward, bandy legs shuffling, shoulders stooped, senses bat sharp, as keen as razor wire.’
      • ‘He pretended to mope, shoulders stooped and head down.’
      • ‘The fate of their tiny world rests in Norman's hands, and on Simon's stooped shoulders.’
      • ‘He had a sharp nose in a thin, feral face, with a long pointed chin; his wide shoulders were stooped and he walked with a rolling gait.’
      • ‘An old man with stooped shoulders and thinning white hair emerged from the stables.’
      • ‘With her lowered head and stooped shoulders, she totters across the stage.’
      • ‘He was a tall man, his shoulders stooped and twisted, his spine leaning slightly to the left.’
      • ‘He was short, overweight and carried the miles of his travels heavily on his stooped shoulders.’
      • ‘He is like a younger version of Philip, whose sunken chest, stooped shoulders, and hollow eyes lend him the appearance of a man twice his age.’
      • ‘‘You are tired,’ he said gently, beginning to massage her stooped shoulders.’
      • ‘I was noticing that Rod's shoulders are getting stooped.’