Rhetorical question?Originally Posted by Francois
There're two possibilities, one of which stems from a borrowing:
1) stoop (n.) - "raised open platform at the door of a house," 1755, Amer.Eng. and Canadian, from Du. stoep "flight of steps, doorstep, stoop," from M.Du., from P.Gmc. *stopo "step."
2) It's the place where one stoops (i.e. bends forward, bows) to look into the doorway of a home. In the days of old, doorsways didn't have great height to them. One had to stoop down to enter. Maybe the height of the doorway had something to do with the height of people in those days. :wink: