spoon-feed

verb \ ˈspün-ˌfēd \

Definition of spoon-feed

spoon-fed play \ˈspün-ˌfed\; spoon-feeding
1 : to feed by means of a spoon
2 a : to present (information) so completely as to preclude independent thought
  • spoon-feed material to students
b : to present information to in this manner

First Known Use of spoon-feed

1615

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SPOON-FEED Defined for English Language Learners

spoon-feed

Definition of spoon-feed for English Language Learners

  • : to feed (someone) with a spoon

  • : to give someone information in a way that requires or allows no further thinking or effort


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