spoon-fed ˈspün-ˌfed How to pronounce spoon-feed (audio) ; spoon-feeding

transitive verb

: to feed by means of a spoon
: to present (information) so completely as to preclude independent thought
spoon-feed material to students
: to present information to in this manner

Examples of spoon-feed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Thanksgiving is upon us, and surely many of us will be ducking for cover as Uncle Chuck hurls social media talking points across the table — spoon-fed to him by an unholy algorithm tailored to reinforce his baser instincts. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 Marshall had stomach cancer at the time and was only supposed to be fed through a tube, New York Magazine reported, but Smith spoon-fed him chicken broth. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 15 May 2023 These are sympathetic and moving sentiments to be sure, but being spoon-fed these messages isn’t all that interesting. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 You’re not being spoon-fed. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2023 Then the algorithms take over, spoon-feeding such content to the user. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoon-feed was in 1615

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“Spoon-feed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoon-feed. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


; spoon-feeding
: to feed by means of a spoon

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