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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


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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 2 spoons to form the frozen yogurt into quenelle shapes, if desired, and set one or more in each bowl. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Smoked Honey Yogurt with Whey Snow and White Grape Syrup," 4 Dec. 2019 The inimitable experience of Nutella is constituted by pyramidal neurons contacting the brain’s motor-planning region—issuing an instruction to grab a spoon to scoop out some of the hazelnut spread. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Will Machines Ever Become Conscious?," 1 Dec. 2019 The pan, made from heavy gauge cast aluminum with a nonstick coating and Bakelite handle, comes with a nesting steamer basket, pour spouts, a top, and a spoon with a notch that anchors it to the pan so that any excess food drips back in. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "These Designers Created a Pan That Is Able to Replace Most of Your Cookware by Itself," 28 Nov. 2019 Rather, the law requires caregivers to withhold spoon feeding, which is humane care, akin to keeping a patient warm or clean. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Dark Anniversary: The State of Assisted Suicide 25 Years after Measure 16," 19 Nov. 2019 The Japanese kanji characters for prosperity were engraved on the spoon, according to Yerkes. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Families receive donated cars through Vehicles for Change at Heritage Mazda Bel Air," 18 Nov. 2019 If the turkey is done before the stuffing reaches 165 degrees, spoon the stuffing into a dish and finish baking it while the turkey rests. oregonlive, "Thanksgiving turkey: How much to buy, how long to thaw, how to roast," 15 Nov. 2019 In the clip, The Eggo Man is seen climbing a high-dive and then pushed into a bowl by a spoon. Mary Honkus, PEOPLE.com, "Eggo Cereal Is Finally Coming Back After a Seven-Year Hiatus," 14 Nov. 2019 Vashisth and her team developed a technique by which farmers spoon-feed smaller amounts of fertilizer to sick trees every two weeks, as opposed to massive amounts three times per year, so allowing roots to better absorb the nutrients. Darryl Fears, sun-sentinel.com, "The end of Florida orange juice? A lethal disease is devastating the state’s citrus industry," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The second features shredded turkey mixed with barbecue sauce, crunchy slaw and sweet bread-and-butter pickles, all spooned into a soft burger bun. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Turkey sandwiches, as you please," 3 Dec. 2019 With the mixer on low speed, slowly spoon the sugar into the fat mixture until completely incorporated and smooth; add 2 tablespoons cream, the vanilla and salt. Los Angeles Times, "The only 4 cakes you’ll ever need for entertaining," 12 Sep. 2019 As the two hockey teams battled it out on the ice, one Habs fan was caught on camera spooning what appeared to be mayo out of a giant Hellman’s jar as the man sitting next to her dipped fries in it. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Sports Fan Was 'Caught' on Camera Eating Mayo Out of the Jar and That's Not the First Time This Has Happened," 6 Nov. 2019 Anything that’s very soft or juicy can, of course, be eaten out of hand, as well as incorporated into soups or smoothies or spooned on top of yogurt and oatmeal. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019 Anything that’s very soft or juicy can, of course, be eaten out of hand, as well as incorporated into soups or smoothies or spooned on top of yogurt and oatmeal. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 21 Oct. 2019 Remove the tops and seeds from 6 Cubanelle, banana, poblano, bell or other large peppers and spoon the chicken filling inside. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "10 easy, fast weeknight dinners to make with grocery rotisserie chicken," 25 Sep. 2019 When the butter is foamy and nutty-smelling, in a minute or so, spoon it over the squash. Addie Broyles, chicagotribune.com, "How to eat that decorative squash on your table with Parmesan, brown butter," 6 Nov. 2019 Yates brought Ming back to his apartment and cared for him there, first bottle-feeding him, then spooning him pureed meat and finally lugging home 20 pounds of chicken parts each day to satiate his hunger. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Farewell to Ming, the Siberian-Bengal Tiger Who Spent Three Years in a Harlem Apartment," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spoon


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


1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spoon


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

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

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10 Dec 2019

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“Spoon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoon. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or pick up (food) with a spoon


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Kids Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an eating and cooking utensil consisting of a small shallow bowl with a handle


spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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