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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Add the pork and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "This tomato-less chili verde opens up a world of comforting possibilities," 7 Nov. 2019 Add sausage and cranberries and cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until cooked through and beginning to brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sausage and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash," 21 Oct. 2019 Add the coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla extract and stir with a spoon until smooth. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Chocolate chip cookies that are vegan, gluten-free and delicious," 17 June 2019 Cut it in half and scoop the flesh out of the skin with a spoon, or make these Toasted Coconut Kiwi Cups for a fancier snack. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 To help improve the browning even more, toss in some butter, and baste the steak lovingly with a spoon. Nick Kindelsperger, charlotteobserver, "Can you cook a great steak indoors? Yes, if you learn this trick," 26 June 2018 Tidal creeks feeding into Mobile Bay are producing lots of reds as well, with topwaters, jigs and spoons all connecting. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: How heat wave is affecting the bass bite," 13 Sep. 2019 The walleye seem to be suspending at 40- and 50-foot depths, chasing diving plugs and spoons trolled with side planer boards. D'arcy Eagan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie smallmouth bass biting around — where else? — the Bass Islands: Fishing Report for Sept. 13," 13 Sep. 2019 Spread the meringue onto the cake, adding decorative swooshes and peaks with a spatula or spoon. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Outerlands’ Toasted Coconut Tres Leches Cake," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the butter is foamy and nutty-smelling, in a minute or so, spoon it over the squash. Addie Broyles, chicagotribune.com, "How to eat that decorative squash on your table with Parmesan, brown butter," 6 Nov. 2019 Yates brought Ming back to his apartment and cared for him there, first bottle-feeding him, then spooning him pureed meat and finally lugging home 20 pounds of chicken parts each day to satiate his hunger. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Farewell to Ming, the Siberian-Bengal Tiger Who Spent Three Years in a Harlem Apartment," 7 Oct. 2019 Between rounds of yogurt rice and mango pickle, my grandmother spooned me the gentle, soothing river of a language. Sibani Ram, Teen Vogue, "The Tamil Language Connects Me to My Culture in a Way That Transcends Words," 4 Oct. 2019 Let the dough cool slightly, for about 10 minutes, then spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 Use a tablespoon to spoon batter into the heated skillet, smoothing into a round shape. al, "Serve a meal inspired by Alabama’s 200-year history," 20 Aug. 2019 Spreading sheets of the Chinese newspaper on the small, square kitchen table set against the window, Hongyue filled a ceramic bowl with water, then spooned a little into her ink stone. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Re-stir the dressing, then spoon all but a tablespoon of it over the meat. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Add the pork chops and turn to evenly coat, spooning the solids on top of the meat. Los Angeles Times, "Up your summer grilling game with lemongrass-marinated Vietnamese pork chops," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of spoon was in the 14th century

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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



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

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


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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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