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)
: as much as a spoon will hold
specifically : teaspoonful

Examples of spoonful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one scene, a man holding a spoonful of peanut butter recalls, as his left eye swells closed, that its main ingredient is peanuts. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Spread a spoonful of strawberry jam on the bottom, then plop a generous scoop of strawberry ice cream on top. Carly Westerfield, Bon Appétit, 7 Feb. 2024 The man is clearly passionate about the stuff, smearing it on his waffles for breakfast, swirling it onto ice cream, blending it into smoothies and simply eating it by the spoonful. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Whisk a few spoonfuls of the cheese mixture into the egg to temper it, then pour it all into the saucepan, whisking until well incorporated. Bonnie S. Benwick, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The video of Blue's fine dining experience continues with the dog gobbling up spoonfuls of food, licking his lips between each bite. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 Add 4 or 5 large spoonfuls of the potato mixture to the pan, flattening them slightly. Bonnie S. Benwick, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Add a few spoonfuls of water to loosen, if necessary. The Week Uk, theweek, 14 Jan. 2024 They are placed, along with a fried egg, atop a bowl of hot oatmeal, which has been seasoned with parmesan and swirled with a spoonful of basil pesto. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoonful was in the 14th century

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“Spoonful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonful. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

spoonful

noun
spoon·​ful ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce spoonful (audio)
plural spoonfuls -ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce spoonful (audio) also spoonsful ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce spoonful (audio)
: as much as a spoon can hold

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