spool·​ie ˈspü-lē How to pronounce spoolie (audio)
plural spoolies
: a very small brush used especially to groom the eyebrows or to apply mascara
This jet-black gel formula repels sweat for 24 hours—and the curved spoolie curls lashes to fluttery perfection.Molly Shea
Detailing your brows just got a lot easier, thanks to this double-ended brow pencil featuring a blade-shaped tip on one side (for creating fine hair-like strokes) and a custom spoolie on the other side (for blending out color).Jennifer Ford
a spoolie brush

Examples of spoolie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Call Me Queen also has a silicone, conical spoolie with short bristles throughout. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 8 July 2024 Joey King's Hairstylist Shares the Inspiration Behind the Star's Wedding Day Look (Exclusive) Her advice for creating sleek, textured buns is to spray a flat toothbrush or spoolie with hairspray and lightly seal down any flyaways for a flawless finish. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 25 June 2024 Courtesy author Unlike the people silently filming (and judging) tweens today, employees patiently showed us how to properly use samples with disposable spoolies and brushes. Shelby Wax, Allure, 20 June 2024 But, if brown is your color (try the Chocolate Mousse shade), the brow gel comes in five other sheer, buildable pigments, too. Be sure to use the spoolie to pick up the wax and brush in upward and outward strokes. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 9 Jan. 2024 The pencil is self-sharpening and water-resistant, but called a styler because the tool doubles as a spoolie to add shape, color, and density to your brow hairs. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 5 Dec. 2023 Additionally, there is La Brosse, a spoolie; and the Courbe-cils, an eyelash curler. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 13 Oct. 2023 The fine point on this retractable pencil creates thin, hair-like strokes while the spoolie on the other end blends it all out. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 25 Sep. 2023 After letting a white base coat dry, dip a clean mascara spoolie or a brush into some red nail polish and get to splattering. Ariana Yaptangco, ELLE, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History


perhaps from spool entry 1 + -ie

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoolie was in 2000

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“Spoolie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoolie. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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