1 of 2


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


2 of 2


spooned; spooning; spoons

transitive verb

: to take up and usually transfer in a spoon

intransitive verb

: to nestle close together while lying down with one person facing the back of another
[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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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While there’s no seating inside the shop, customers spooned out their jar desserts on Jars’ patio Saturday evening. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 1 July 2024 To serve, divide the salmon and vegetables between plates and spoon a tablespoon of any pan sauce over top. Flow Space, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for spoon 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoon was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoon. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a utensil with a small shallow bowl and a handle that is used especially in eating and cooking
: something (as a fishing lure) that resembles a spoon in shape


2 of 2 verb
: to take up in or as if in a spoon


Old English spōn "a chip of wood"

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