Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

scoop - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable] scoop pronunciation in British English /skuːp/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a tool like a spoon with a deep round part, used for measuring or serving various substances

    a metal ice cream scoop

    1. a.
      an amount of something that a scoop holds
      scoop of:

      Use two scoops of coffee and a cup of water.

  2. 2
    informal an exciting or important news story that one news organization publishes or broadcasts before anyone else
    get the scoop:

    eager reporters scrambling to get the scoop on the latest royal scandal

    1. a.
      mainly American spoken the most recent information about someone or something, especially something personal or private

      Did you get the inside scoop on their divorce?



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play