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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The slotted spoon and fish spatula are a useful bonus. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 Add water 1 cup at a time while frequently stirring with a wooden spoon, until grains are fully cooked. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Next, place the saucepan on top, and cook the fontina over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes. CNN, 8 May 2022 Add the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as much as possible. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits left over from searing the scallops. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnuts to a plate lined with paper towels and drain for 3 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 May 2022 Once the shrimp are done, remove them from the broth with a slotted spoon and immerse them in the ice bath. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Using a slotted spoon, remove the bones and vegetables from the roasting pan and transfer to a large stock pot (at least 12 quarts). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To serve, spoon shrimp and sauce over grits, and top with reserved crispy bacon. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 21 June 2022 To serve, mound the quinoa on each plate, top with a fish fillet, spoon some of the pan juices over the quinoa and fish, and add a lemon wedge. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Dekar was first inspired to create Obi during his freshman year in high school after watching his grandfather slowly lose his independence due to a degenerative neuromuscular condition and being forced to rely on his wife to spoon-feed him. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, 21 Mar. 2022 To serve, spoon cake, apples and caramel mixture into dessert bowls. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Cut or tear the pita bread in half lengthwise and spoon a tablespoon or so of yogurt into each pita half. Leanne Brown, CNN, 4 May 2022 To serve, arrange mushrooms on 4 plates and spoon warm dressing over top. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 4 May 2022 If making ahead, refrigerate the sauce separately and when the fat congeals, spoon it off the top. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Nov. 2021 When ready to serve, take your mousse out of the fridge and spoon it into bowls. Outside Online, 4 May 2019 See More

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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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\ 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


spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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