scoop

Definitions

General English

Cricket

  • noun an unorthodox batting stroke in which the ball is deflected into the leg-side area behind square, the batsman using the pace of the ball to hoist it over his left shoulder in the direction of fine leg, in the manner of someone shovelling earth over his shoulder when digging a hole
    Citation ‘Moin’s scoop was usually played off a good length ball, with the aim of lofting it over the fine-leg boundary’ (Simon Briggs, Wisden 2003)
    See also Marillier

Food

  • A type of spoon with a hemispherical or deeper bowl. Used for ice cream and for dispensing powders.

Media Studies

  • noun a story that appears in only one newspaper

Publishing

  • noun an exciting news story which a reporter is the first to find, or which no other newspaper has reported
  • noun the signing of a sought-after person to write for one’s newspaper or publishing company

Slang

  • noun the latest news, information, gossip. The term has been in use since at least the later 1970s and is often used in the phrase ‘have the scoop on something/someone’ or ‘give me the scoop’.
  • noun an alcoholic drink, especially a pint of beer. Often in the plural.

Travel

  • noun a portion of ice cream or vegetables served with a scoop

Origin & History of “scoop”

Scoop appears to go back ultimately to a prehistoric Germanic base *skap- which originally denoted ‘chop or dig out’ (it was later extended metaphorically to ‘form’, and in that sense has given English shape). It had a variant form *skōp-, amongst whose derivatives was west Germanic *skōpō. this evolved into middle Dutch and Middle Low German schōpe, which was used for the bucket of a dredge, water-wheel, etc, and English borrowed it early in the 14th century. The journalistic sense ‘story’ reported in advance of competitors’ emerged in the USA in the 1870s.
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