From Middle English scope, schoupe, a borrowing from Middle Dutch scoep, scuep, schope, schoepe (“bucket for bailing water”) and Middle Dutch schoppe, scoppe, schuppe ("a scoop, shovel"; > Modern Dutch schop (“spade”)), from Proto-Germanic *skuppǭ, *skuppijǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kep- (“to cut, to scrape, to hack”)..
Cognate with Old Frisian skuppe (“shovel”), Middle Low German schōpe (“scoop, shovel”), German Low German Schüppe, Schüpp (“shovel”), German Schüppe, Schippe (“shovel, spade”). Related to English shovel.
scoop (plural scoops)
- Any cup- or bowl-shaped tool, usually with a handle, used to lift and move loose or soft solid material.
She kept a scoop in the dog food.
an ice-cream scoop
- The amount or volume of loose or solid material held by a particular scoop.
Use one scoop of coffee for each pot.
I'll have one scoop of chocolate ice-cream.
- The act of scooping, or taking with a scoop or ladle; a motion with a scoop, as in dipping or shovelling.
with a quick scoop, she fished the frog out of the pond.
- A story or fact; especially, news learned and reported before anyone else.
- Synonyms: dope, poop
He listened carefully, in hopes of getting the scoop on the debate.
2016 November 7, Peter Bradshaw, “Allied: what happens when a film gets eclipsed by gossip”, in The Guardian:
The problem is that the public, disobediently giggling over their social media accounts, reckon they’ve already got the scoop without needing to see the film.
- (automotive) An opening in a hood/bonnet or other body panel to admit air, usually for cooling the engine.
- The digging attachment on a front-end loader.
- A place hollowed out; a basinlike cavity; a hollow.
- A spoon-shaped surgical instrument, used in extracting certain substances or foreign bodies.
- A special spinal board used by emergency medical service staff that divides laterally to scoop up patients.
- A sweep; a stroke; a swoop.
- (Scotland) The peak of a cap.
- (pinball) A hole on the playfield that catches a ball, but eventually returns it to play in one way or another.
- (surfing) The raised end of a surfboard.
1965, John M. Kelly, Surf and Sea, page 116:
This brings the scoop into play as additional wetted surface and slows the board due to its fore-and-aft curvature
1977, Fred Hemmings, Surfing: Hawaii's Gift to the World of Sports, page 59:
[T]he scoop or upward curvature in the front or nose section of a board is designed to keep the board from diving under the surface of the water when the surfer is catching a wave.
- (film, television) A kind of floodlight with a reflector.
- (slang, dated) A haul of money made through speculation.
- (music) A note that begins slightly below and slides up to the target pitch.
1995, Music & Computers, volume 1, numbers 2-4, page 57:
Jazz symbols include many contoured articulations and inflections, such as doits, fall-offs, and scoops.
any cup- or bowl-shaped object
- Arabic: مِغْرَفَة f (miḡrafa)
- Azerbaijani: çalov
- Belarusian: коўш m (koŭš)
- Bulgarian: черпа́к (bg) m (čerpák)
- Cantonese: 殼／壳 (hok3)
- Mandarin: 舀 (zh) (yǎo), 勺 (zh) (sháo)
- Czech: naběračka (cs) f
- Dutch: bol (nl) m
- Finnish: kauha (fi); mitta (fi) (as in kahvimitta, "coffee scoop"); kulho (fi) (without handle)
- French: pelle (fr) f, cuiller (fr) f
- German: Schaufel (de) f, Schippe (de) f, Kelle (de) f
- Hungarian: merőkanál (hu)
- Italian: mestolo (it) m, cucchiaione m
- Japanese: シャベル (ja) (shaberu), スコップ (sukoppu)
- Kazakh: шөміш (şömış)
- Korean: 스쿠프 (seukupeu)
- Kyrgyz: сузгуч (suzguç), чөмүч (ky) (çömüç)
- Latin: trulla f
- Maori: koko, okooko
- Ottoman Turkish: صوساق (susak)
- Plautdietsch: Scheffel f
- Polish: chochla (pl) f, czerpak (pl) m
- Portuguese: concha (pt) f
- Romanian: măsură (ro) f
- Russian: ковш (ru) m (kovš), сово́к (ru) m (sovók)
- Slovene: zajemalka (sl) f
- Spanish: cucharón (es) m, sacabolas de helado m (for ice cream), funderelele m (rare; for ice cream)
- Swedish: skopa (sv) c
- Thai: ทัพพี (th) (táp-pii)
- Turkish: kürek (tr)
- Turkmen: susmak
- Ukrainian: ківш (uk) m (kivš), сово́к m (sovók)
act of scooping, or taking with a scoop or ladle; a motion with a scoop, as in dipping or shovelling
news learned and reported before anyone else
- Catalan: primícia f
- Mandarin: 獨家新聞／独家新闻 (dújiā xīnwén)
- Czech: sólokapr m
- Danish: scoop (da) n
- Dutch: primeur (nl), nieuwtje (nl), noviteit (nl)
- Finnish: skuuppi (fi)
- French: scoop (fr) m, exclusivité (fr) f
- German: Exklusivmeldung f, Scoop (de) m, Knüller (de) m, Exklusivbericht m
- Italian: colpo giornalistico m, notizia in esclusiva f, primizia (it) f, anteprima (it) f, anticipazione (it) f
- Japanese: スクープ (sukūpu)
- Persian: خبر داغ, خبر دست اول
- Portuguese: furo jornalístico
- Russian: горя́чая но́вость (gorjáčaja nóvostʹ)
- Spanish: primicia (es) f, chiva f (Colombia), tubazo m (Venezuela)
- Swedish: scoop (sv) n
opening in an automobile to admit air
digging attachment on a front-end loader
spoon-shaped surgical instrument
special spinal board used by EMS staff
scoop (third-person singular simple present scoops, present participle scooping, simple past and past participle scooped)
- (transitive) To lift, move, or collect with a scoop or as though with a scoop.
He used both hands to scoop water and splash it on his face.
2011 December 27, Mike Henson, “Norwich 0 - 2 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport:
Their first clear opportunity duly came courtesy of a mistake from Russell Martin, who was hustled off the ball by Bale, but the midfielder scooped his finish well over the top as he bore down on the Norwich goal.
- (transitive) To make hollow; to dig out.
I tried scooping a hole in the sand with my fingers.
- (transitive) To report on something, especially something worthy of a news article, before (someone else).
The paper across town scooped them on the City Hall scandal.
- (music, often with "up") To begin a vocal note slightly below the target pitch and then to slide up to the target pitch, especially in country music.
- (MTE, slang) To pick (someone) up
You have a car. Can you come and scoop me?
to lift, move, or collect with or as though with a scoop
- Assamese: ৰোকা (rüka)
- Bulgarian: изгребвам (bg) (izgrebvam)
- Cantonese: 𢳂／𫼣 (yue) (bat1)
- Mandarin: 舀 (zh) (yǎo)
- Finnish: kauhoa (fi), kaapia (fi)
- French: écoper (fr)
- German: schaufeln (de), schöpfen (de)
- Hungarian: mer (hu), merít (hu)
- Ingrian: ammultaa
- Irish: scaob
- Maori: kapunga (using the hands), koko (using an instrument), ao (mi), tīkaku (from a receptacle), tīkakukaku (from a recpetacle), tīkaro
- Ngazidja Comorian: uhupvia
- Russian: собира́ть (ru) (sobirátʹ), сгребать (ru) (sgrebatʹ)
- Swedish: skopa (sv)
- Tetum: suru
- Turkish: kürekle atmak, küremek (tr)
to make hollow; to dig out
to report a newsworthy event before anyone else
music: to start slightly below target pitch
slang: to pick (someone) up — see also pick up
Translations to be checked
Borrowed from English scoop.
scoop m (plural scoops)
- scoop (news learned and reported before anyone else)
Unadapted borrowing from English scoop.
scoop m (invariable)
- (journalism) scoop (news learned and reported before anyone else)