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

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 Give them unbreakable kitchen tools such as wooden spoons and plastic measuring cups. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 June 2018 Little ones can give it to Mom with a big spoon and big bow, or slather it atop a pancake, waffle or even cinnamon roll dough for a not-too-sweet treat worth staying in for. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "'Perch' is coming to downtown high-rise, free coffee on May 29, and more food news | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 Implements Southern restaurants will give you a knife, a spoon and possibly two forks. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Difference Between Soul Food and Southern Cuisine, Explained," 12 Apr. 2018 Jigging with spoons and Jigging Rapalas tipped with minnows or larval baits has been good. cleveland.com, "Fishing report for Feb. 2: Small waters provide big catches through ice," 2 Feb. 2018 That covers nearly 150 different categories of products, covering everything from stainless steel ingots to spoons and paper clips. Matthew Pennington, The Seattle Times, "Aid groups feel heat as sanctions on North Korea intensify," 28 Jan. 2018 Please offer your caviar with mother of pearl spoons and dishes! Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "If Mar-A-Lago Is So Great, Why Is It Serving Caviar With PLASTIC SPOONS??," 23 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In the cold mornings, men and women sit on wobbly stools, streetside, break off chunks of chive pancakes, and sip salted broth, spooning scallion slivers in their mouths. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 Or spoon it on top of eggs, spread thickly on toast, or swirl into a pot of polenta or cooked pasta. Julia Turshen, sacbee, "There’s a payoff for patience | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Feb. 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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