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

Use the back of a wooden spoon in place of a muddler, a measuring cup instead of a jigger. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Mocktail recipes: How to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks for your Fourth of July party," 3 July 2018 Use a slotted spoon to remove from the fat and set aside. Fox News, "Perfect Recipes for a Playoff Party," 20 Jan. 2018 Tip sheet tray to the side to collect sauce and spoon over pork and vegetables. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019 My childhood version of 刮痧 (gua sha) involved soup spoons, loose change, and copious amounts of Tiger Balm, which is significantly different from what influencers are currently posting on their feeds. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "Exactly How to Use the Gua Sha and Jade Roller Tools Instagram Users Are Obsessed With," 4 Jan. 2019 Your new Instant Pot will also come with a little goodie bag of extras too: Stainless steel steam rack Rice paddle Soup spoonMeasuring cup Recipe booklet (English) Manual Time table Need some ideas on what to make with your new multi-cooker? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Instant Pot Black Friday Deal Is at Walmart," 23 Nov. 2018 And also Sue finally there to help the Glee Club and then went back to her fued [sic] with Will over a plastic spoon. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Fans Remember "Glee" and Its Most Absurd, Problematic Plot Arcs," 21 Nov. 2018 Your special seasonal dishware is now good enough to eat, thanks to this clever pan from Chicago Metallic that transforms the dough of your choice into an edible spoon. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This $13 Amazon Pan Is Here to Make Cookies and Milk Even Better," 5 Nov. 2018 The sign featured a cartoon depiction of a Māori man with tattoos holding a spoon and standing above a cooking pot. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "New Zealand tourist attraction removes racially 'offensive' and 'grotesque' sign after complaints," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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