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spoon

noun \ ˈspün \

Definition of spoon

1 a :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

Examples of spoon in a Sentence

  1. an assortment of metal and wooden spoons should be part of every cook's culinary arsenal

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Origin and Etymology of spoon

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

spoon Synonyms


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spoon

verb

Definition of spoon

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 make love by caressing, kissing, and talking amorously :neck

Examples of spoon in a Sentence

  1. She spooned the gravy onto her potatoes.

  2. He spooned the ice cream into a bowl.

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First Known Use of spoon

1715

spoon Synonyms

Synonyms
bucket, lade, ladle, scoop, dip
Related Words
bail; deplete, drain, eliminate, empty, exhaust; bleed, draw (off); dish; slop; decant, draw, pump, siphon (also syphon), suction
Near Antonyms
pour; fill


SPOON Defined for English Language Learners

spoon

noun

Definition of spoon for English Language Learners

  • : an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle


spoon

verb

Definition of spoon for English Language Learners

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


SPOON Defined for Kids

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spoon

noun \ ˈspün \

Definition of spoon for Students

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

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spoon

verb

Definition of spoon for Students

spooned; spooning
:to take up in or as if in a spoon


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