Pronunciation Noun

stook (plural stooks)

  1. A pile or bundle, especially of straw.
  2. (historical, specifically) A group of 6 or 8 sheaves of grain stacked to dry vertically in a rectangular arrangement at harvest time, obsolete since the advent of the combine harvester (mid 20th century).
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 16:
      And on the road home they lay among the stooks and maybe Ellison did this and that to make sure of getting her, he was fair desperate for any woman by then.
    • 1958, Iris Murdoch, The Bell:
      The wheat, tawny with ripeness, had been cut and stood in tented stooks about the fields, while a few ghostly poppies lingered at the edge of the path.
Translations Verb

stook (stooks, present participle stooking; past and past participle stooked)

  1. (intransitive, agriculture) To make stooks.

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