spoon

noun
\ ˈspün How to pronounce spoon (audio) \

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

spoon

verb
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

dipper, ladle, scoop

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, ladle, scoop

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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

Stick dessert utensils above the charger — fork handle to the left and spoon handle to the right. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Set a Table for Any Kind of Dinner Party," 19 Dec. 2018 Finally, spoon on the tangy apple-cider vinaigrette, and resist the urge to toss: The dressing will seep into some pockets and leave others untouched. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Winter’s Most Refreshing Salad," 12 Dec. 2018 But their ingenuity, mother wit and good common sense made them masters in their profession without the aid of measuring spoons and cups, modern equipment or science. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Potts walks us through the origins of some of the most popular vacation memorabilia, including postcards and the still confoundedly ubiquitous souvenir spoons. Diane Daniel, BostonGlobe.com, "Spoons, magnets, rocks: New book looks at the history of souvenirs," 12 June 2018 Trout will take spoons and spinners, trolled or cast. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still springtime on the Denali Highway," 10 June 2018 Trolling with side planners boards, diving planers and small to medium-sized spoons has been productive just about everywhere. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye fishing on fire off Lorain: NE Ohio Fishing Report for June 7," 7 June 2019 Two mother-of-pearl spoons with aluminum handles stick to the magnetized drawer. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Just Watch How This Rolls-Royce Champagne Case Cracks Open," 22 May 2019 Spoon Method Grip a spoon in the palm of your hand so that four fingers are firmly grasping the base. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener," 21 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes, spooning 1 teaspoon of the Worcestershire mixture over each. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger," 18 June 2019 Serve each fillet with a lime wedge for spritzing, and spoon the juices from the foil pouch over the top. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 The next day, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Roast the lamb, uncovered, spooning the braising liquid over the lamb every 5 minutes, until the lamb is hot through and glazed with the liquid, about 30 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 If using cup measures, lightly spoon your ingredients into the measuring cups and level with a knife. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Before spooning the cream cheese filling into your piping bag, stick the bag into a tall water glass (tip down) and fold the edges back over the rim. Voilà — mess averted! 3. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffin Recipe You'll Want to Make This Fall," 13 Sep. 2018 Dress the potatoes and chard stems with the red wine vinegar, salt, and black pepper and spoon the still-warm poaching olive oil over the salad until it's nicely dressed — use about 3 tablespoons. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Olive Oil-Poached Tuna with Potatoes and Swiss Chard Stems," 12 Sep. 2012 Or, even better, put them to work spooning up mouthfuls of your favorite ice cream. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This $13 Amazon Pan Is Here to Make Cookies and Milk Even Better," 5 Nov. 2018 Rather than feasting on, say, a plate of catfish in the years before his death, Burial 7/I might have spooned up calorie-rich porridge, a mix of cereals and goat’s milk. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of spoon

Noun

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

Verb

1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spoon

Noun

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

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spoon

noun

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

spoon

verb

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

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

spoon

noun
\ 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

spoon

verb
spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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