Stook

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stook (Agric) A small collection of sheaves set up in the field; a shock; in England, twelve sheaves.
    • v. t Stook (Agric) To set up, as sheaves of grain, in stooks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stook A shock of corn, consisting, when of full size, of twelve sheaves.
    • stook To set up, as sheaves of grain, in stooks or shocks.
    • stook To set up grain in stooks.
    • n stook A shock of Indian corn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stook stook (Scot.) a full shock of corn-sheaves, generally twelve, as set up in the field
    • v.t Stook to set up in stooks, as sheaves—also Stouk
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scot. stook, stouk,; cf. LG. stuke, a heap, bundle, G. stauche, a truss, bundle of flax

Usage

In literature:

He stepped across its threshold and stook looking at her.
"The Turmoil" by Booth Tarkington
At stook and rook, shear and At the dead beast.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He found a cornfield with a half-built stack, and sheaves in stook.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
Somewhere around here a field presented a curious view Its crop had not been harvested; it still stood in stooks.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove
Gin ye want a guid sheaf, gang aye to a guid stook.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
Hurried counsel was taken; fifty men sought cover behind the stooks of corn, the rest lined the skirting woods.
"Elder Conklin" by Frank Harris
One man is required to drive the machine, and one or two men to pick up and stook the sheaves.
"Wheat Growing in Australia" by Australia Department of External Affairs
What is more, I'm going out in the fields, when the push is on, to help stook the wheat.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
She set down her sheaves to make a new stook.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Thou stook to me by the side o' the shaft, and I'll stick to thee.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
The chipped-away legs of the pillars are called stooks.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
The next day we went out to help them stook the wheat.
"Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan" by Frances Halton Eva Hasell
That's the printed bill as they stook oop.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
Right up a little lane, it was, and we'd put our bicycles under the hedge, and we were sitting against one of the stooks.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
Keefer drove one team and George the other, and when each had made two rounds we started stooking.
"Neighbours" by Robert Stead
After the process has proceeded a certain length, the crates are withdrawn, and the sheaves taken out and stooked.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
The illumination came upon Riles as he stooked the oats himself that forenoon.
"The Bail Jumper" by Robert J. C. Stead
Was it not Lib who was dew-drenched last harvest, Hid in a wheat stook till she fell asleep?
"King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë" by Gordon Bottomley
The corn was cut, and stood in stiff yellow stooks, and the shadows were very black.
"Atlantic Narratives"
Here and there on the hills a row or two of ungarnered stooks stood solemnly carved out against the sky.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
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In poetry:

This seed is potent as the seed
Of knowledge in the Hebrew Book,
So drive your horses in the creed
Of God the Father as a stook.
"To the Man After the Harrow" by Patrick Kavanagh
And her hat, with shady brim,
Made her tressy forehead dim;
Thus she stood amid the stooks,
Praising God with sweetest looks:—
"Ruth" by Thomas Hood
The reapers rose with the blink of morn,
And gaily stook'd up the yellow corn;
To call them home to the field I'd run,
Through the blowing breeze and the summer sun.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
Whan the auld fowk sit quaiet at the reet o' a stook,
I' the sunlicht their washt een blinterin an' blinkin,
Fowk scythin, or bin'in, or shearin wi' heuk
Carena a strae what the auld fowk are thinkin.
"What The Auld Fowk Are Thinkin" by George MacDonald
Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?
"Hurrahing in Harvest" by Gerard Manley Hopkins


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