Word of the Day: scoop

Word of the Day
May 13, 2016
scoop (noun, verb)
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Three scoops of ice cream.
A scoop is a utensil that looks like a spoon but has a deeper bowl and is used for measuring ingredients and, most commonly, for serving ice cream. It is also the amount held by a scoop. As a verb, scoop means 'to take out with a scoop.' But a scoop is also an exclusive piece of information first published or broadcast by a particular media outlet, like a newspaper or TV news channel, and therefore to scoop means 'to reveal information before your competitors.' Informally, a scoop is any exciting piece of information or detail.


Example sentences
The baker has a scoop for measuring the flour.
I'll have two scoops of chocolate and one of vanilla ice cream, please.
Sandra scooped some ice cream out of the tub.
The newspaper sold a lot of copies with its scoop about the politician's offshore investments.
The magazine scooped all its competitors by breaking the news about the celebrity's secret wedding.
Boy, do I have a scoop! Mandy is going out with Rick!


Multi-word forms
scoop up: to pick something up with a scoop or a scooping motion. Example: "When Charlie's girlfriend called to say she was coming over, he quickly scooped his dirty laundry up off the floor and cleaned up his apartment."
what's the scoop?: what do you know? what's happening? Example: "So, I heard you got an exclusive interview with a movie star. What's the scoop?"
Additional information
A scoop is also the big bucket of a steam shovel or similar machine.
Did you know?
Figuratively, to scoop can also mean 'to win something' especially a large amount or quantity of something. Examples: "The lucky couple scooped the jackpot of the lottery." "The athlete scooped all the medals in the competition."
Other forms
scooper (noun)
Scoop dates back to the first half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle Dutch word schōpe and, as a verb from the Middle English word scopen, a derivative of the Middle English noun scope.
Scoop in other languages
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