spoon

noun
\ ˈspün How to pronounce spoon (audio) \

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

When Alice Waters, the evangelist for organic and locally grown cuisine, fried an egg on a spoon for 60 Minutes, Bourdain sniped not at her food, but at her marketing sense. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Authenticity," 12 June 2018 Avoid placing the ice or frozen spoon directly on your skin, because that can do more harm then good. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Celebrity Beauty Expert Offers the Best Tips On How to Hide Your Biggest Hickeys," 7 Mar. 2019 To remove dry slime, gently scrape it off with a spoon or butter knife. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How To Remove Slime From Your Furniture, Carpet And More," 5 Dec. 2018 The easy-to-replace 45-piece set ($44.99) comes with service for eight and larger serving spoons. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Cook, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until liquid is reduced by half, 4 to 6 minutes; remove from heat. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes," 15 Mar. 2019 Cook, scraping bottom of Dutch oven continuously with a wooden spoon to keep spices from burning, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Bring to a boil on medium-high, stirring with wooden spoon, and cook until sugar becomes thick and dark amber in color, 10 to 14 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Brioche Bread Pudding with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce," 9 Oct. 2018 Add the water, oil, egg and peanut butter; mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until thoroughly incorporated, to form a slightly wet dough. Cathy Barrow, The Seattle Times, "I bake for dogs, and they eat it up: recipes for DIY dog biscuits," 23 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The next day, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Roast the lamb, uncovered, spooning the braising liquid over the lamb every 5 minutes, until the lamb is hot through and glazed with the liquid, about 30 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 If using cup measures, lightly spoon your ingredients into the measuring cups and level with a knife. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Before spooning the cream cheese filling into your piping bag, stick the bag into a tall water glass (tip down) and fold the edges back over the rim. Voilà — mess averted! 3. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 Dress the potatoes and chard stems with the red wine vinegar, salt, and black pepper and spoon the still-warm poaching olive oil over the salad until it's nicely dressed — use about 3 tablespoons. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Potatoes and Swiss Chard Stems," 12 Sep. 2012 Or, even better, put them to work spooning up mouthfuls of your favorite ice cream. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This $13 Amazon Pan Is Here to Make Cookies and Milk Even Better," 5 Nov. 2018 Rather than feasting on, say, a plate of catfish in the years before his death, Burial 7/I might have spooned up calorie-rich porridge, a mix of cereals and goat’s milk. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 To serve, spoon the soupy rice onto a platter with a rim. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012 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

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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 How to pronounce spoon (audio) \

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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