spoonful

noun
spoon·​ful | \ ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce spoonful (audio) \
plural spoonfuls\ ˈspün-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce spoonful (audio) \ also spoonsful\ ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce spoonful (audio) \

Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon will hold specifically : teaspoonful

Examples of spoonful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Serve in bowls and top with a spoonful of tangy chermoula and a dollop of yogurt, if desired. June Naylor, Dallas News, "Quick and healthy: 5 (mostly) plant-based bowl recipes," 27 Jan. 2021 Like palate cleansers, very short essays related to food, food sharing, and eating are interspersed, usually with a big spoonful of humor. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Our reviewers read a lot of books in 2020. Here are their favorites.," 25 Dec. 2020 Politicians and leaders should be using the vaccines as the spoonful of sugar to sweeten the bitter pill of precautionary measures this winter, rather than as a justification for not implementing them. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Now Is When We Choose How Effective the Covid Vaccines Will Be," 10 Dec. 2020 For two cocktails: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then add 2 ounces vodka or gin, 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur, and a healthy spoonful of cranberry sauce. Casey Barber, CNN, "You cooked for 20 and fed 6 people. What to do with all of those leftovers," 27 Nov. 2020 As with any treat, owners should go slow with the introduction, offering a spoonful at a time, Bumps said. Dee-ann Durbin, USA TODAY, "Ben & Jerry's enters pet food business with Doggie Desserts, a line of frozen dog treats," 11 Jan. 2021 Top a generous spoonful of grains, either warm or at room temperature, with leftover vegetables. Casey Barber, CNN, "You cooked for 20 and fed 6 people. What to do with all of those leftovers," 27 Nov. 2020 The Browns delivered their bitter medicine with a spoonful of honey on Tuesday. cleveland, "Browns activate Myles Garrett off the COVID-19 reserve list after two missed games," 2 Dec. 2020 Instead of spraying you with Windex, my dad tells everyone to take a spoonful of lemon juice to cure whatever ails them. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Mi papi gave me notes of advice for years. I've finally realized where they were coming from.," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of spoonful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Feb 2021

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“Spoonful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonful. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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spoonful

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon can hold

spoonful

noun
spoon·​ful | \ ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce spoonful (audio) \
plural spoonfuls\ -​ˌfu̇lz \ also spoonsful\ ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l \

Kids Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon can hold a spoonful of sugar

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