spoon

noun
\ ˈspün \

Definition of spoon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an eating or cooking implement consisting of a small shallow bowl with a relatively long handle
b : spoonful two spoons of sugar
2 : something (such as a tool or fishing lure) that resembles a spoon in shape

spoon

verb
spooned; spooning; spoons

Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take up and usually transfer in a spoon

intransitive verb

1 : to nestle close together while lying down with one person facing the back of another
2 [ perh. from the Welsh custom of an engaged man's presenting his fiancée with an elaborately carved wooden spoon ] : to engage in amorous caressing, kissing, and conversation : neck

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Synonyms for spoon

Synonyms: Noun

dipper, ladle, scoop

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, ladle, scoop

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Examples of spoon in a Sentence

Noun

an assortment of metal and wooden spoons should be part of every cook's culinary arsenal

Verb

She spooned the gravy onto her potatoes. He spooned the ice cream into a bowl.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using a spoon, drop the Blue Majik cream, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, randomly over the cake, leaving about one third of the Blue Majik cream remaining in the bowl. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. Discard all but 2 Tbsp fat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Easy Beef Bourguignon," 30 Nov. 2018 Use spoon to scoop out seeds; transfer seeds to colander. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for the Perfect Fall Snack," 21 Nov. 2018 Use a slotted spoon to transfer beans to an ice bath to halt cooking. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Potato Salad Plus Star Power," 2 Aug. 2018 Using a slotted spoon, skim the solids from the top of the container and discard. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tepache pineapple drink," 3 July 2018 Place the berries and the sugar in a clean quart-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid and use a wooden spoon to crush the berries and release their juices. Joe Gray, chicagotribune.com, "Savory meets sweet as summer fruit transforms into stellar ice cream toppings," 2 July 2018 Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fruit filling to the pie plate, discarding any extracted juices in the bowl. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018 Use a slotted spoon to transfer to the ice-water bath. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Repertoire: A salad for your summer salmon days," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Serve each steak on a plate with a quarter of the sauce spooned over. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "Steak Diane: So Retro, So Right Now," 7 June 2018 Divide the salmon on 4 plates and serve with the warm relish spooned on top. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "Salmon – want it easy, or want it epic?," 5 June 2018 Bright and herby smashed chickpeas get spooned on garlicky toast that’s been smoothed with harissa yogurt to make the perfect vegetarian tartine. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Smashed Chickpeas on Toast with Harissa Yogurt," 28 May 2018 Serve over seared white fish, pork chops, steak, hot dogs, spooned on top of tacos, or on sandwiches. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow-Roasted Tomato and Pepper Relish," 8 July 2014 Unlike the jiggling cranberry towers, the whole-berry version can be spooned out, sauce-like, over other elements of the meal. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Fold in cream cheese mixture, then spoon into 4-ounce jars. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pumpkin Spice Mousse," 24 Oct. 2018 Spread with remaining spaghetti sauce, then spoon on rest of white sauce. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quickest Cannelloni," 11 Mar. 2013 Place 6 individual gratin dishes on 2 sheet pans and spoon the pasta into them. Ina Garten, House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese," 5 Aug. 2010

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First Known Use of spoon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spoon

Noun

Middle English, from Old English spōn splinter, chip; akin to Old High German spān splinter, chip

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spoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle

spoon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or pick up (food) with a spoon

spoon

noun
\ ˈspün \

Kids Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an eating and cooking utensil consisting of a small shallow bowl with a handle

spoon

verb
spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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