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

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 Tulips: Spoon or pipe melted yellow candy melts into the concave side of a spoon. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mother's Day Cookie Bouquet," 6 May 2019 Remove the oxtail from the marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the wine. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 With a slotted spoon, scoop out ham; toss with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and either ¾ teaspoon Cajun seasoning or ¼ teaspoon each salt, paprika and cayenne; set aside. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018 Gently lower eggs into pot with a slotted spoon and cook 8 minutes. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Niçoise Toast," 28 May 2018 Lift the marinated onion and tomatoes out of the bowl with a slotted spoon, draining off the juices. Devon S. Fredericks, House Beautiful, "The Easiest Focaccia You'll Ever Make," 3 July 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 To serve, spoon the soupy rice onto a platter with a rim. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Salmon With Creamy Lemon Rice," 14 Mar. 2012 Serve each steak on a plate with a quarter of the sauce spooned over. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "Steak Diane: So Retro, So Right Now," 7 June 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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