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

Spoon the meringue over the ice cream and, using the back of the spoon, create swirls and swoops. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "S'mores Ice Cream Pie," 11 June 2018 Finally, the tonic is poured slowly down the twisted handle of the spoon to increase the bubbles and enhance the aromatic effect of the botanicals. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Sports allegiances aren’t passed down from parents, like the wooden spoon from your great-great-grandparents. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: 10 rules for fans to survive our dismal sports scene | Commentary," 23 June 2018 The spoon was gone by noon, carted off on the orders of the police. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Large-Scale Art Protest Outside OxyContin Maker Ends in Arrest," 22 June 2018 Pushing the spoon into the cupcake while pouring helps reduce the spilling of the syrup. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "What’s that wonderful smell? It’s honeysuckle season!," 4 June 2018 Everton starlet Dominic Calvert-Lewin's rapid rise has him see off West Ham's Andy Carroll next, with the latter being handed the wooden spoon for finishing dead last. SI.com, "REVEALED: The Final Striker England Fans Want to See in England's World Cup Squad," 25 Mar. 2018 Crack the egg and swirl your spoon, and the broth becomes a creamy backdrop to the snappy vegetables and the earthy morels. Seamus Mullen, Bon Appetit, "Make Poached Eggs in Chicken Stock—Just Trust Us," 25 June 2018 Bourdain, of course, did the same, though pointedly without the precious egg spoon and quite-so-overt ideology. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Authenticity," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There was chilled Dungeness crab, a few pristine white chunks under sea urchin foam, to be spooned from a shot glass. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Try mixing orange juice with chiles to make a fiery mojo sauce that can be spooned over grilled fish, chicken, and vegetables. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "How Jodi Moreno Makes Simple Summer Cooking Taste Amazing," 16 May 2018 Add herbs and shrimp to the vinaigrette, stir, then spoon shrimp over the wedges of lettuce. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad With Chilled Shrimp, Mint & Green Goddess," 3 July 2018 To make piped chicks or other shapes, immediately spoon batter into a pastry bag and proceed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Get your craft on: Make marshmallow chicks (Peeps) for your Easter treats," 26 Mar. 2018 For those of you still here: Doesn't the idea of spooning a marinated mixture of meaty salami, salty cheese, olives, and juicy tomatoes into leaves of cold, crispy romaine sound, like, delicious?! Lauren Schaefer, Bon Appetit, "Antipasti Hand Salad," 19 Mar. 2018 Try cooking them down with some sugar and water, giving them a compote-like consistency to spoon over ice cream. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "These Jarred Sour Cherries Should Live In Your Pantry," 9 May 2018 And our Southern bellies sure are ready to spoon up all that mac-and-cheese and scratch-made slaw. Southern Living, "Southerners Will Love This Amazing Cruise Trend," 23 Mar. 2018 Stews are spooned over it, and strips of injera are torn off to scoop them up. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Makina Cafe, Ethiopian Takeaway With Buoyant Injera," 28 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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More Definitions for spoon

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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