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

Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon will hold specifically : teaspoonful

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For a golden brown glaze, brush the pastry with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a spoonful of water), and sprinkle with sugar. Jean Kressy, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie," 10 June 2019 The protocol was relatively simple: just a few pills in the morning with a spoonful of apple sauce. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 Kundig studied physics at the University of Washington before turning to architecture, and the idea of introducing movement and a spoonful of Rube Goldberg whimsy to stationary objects has always appealed to him. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 Adding a sizable portion of almond butter to my oatmeal or melting a spoonful of peanut butter over a banana in the microwave tastes ultra satisfying and usually doesn't contain refined sugar (check the ingredients list on the jar to make sure). Anthea Levi, Health.com, "3 Crazy Easy Ways to Cut Back on Sugar," 7 June 2018 There’s a modest admission for the beach, but picnic tables under the pines are free for ice cream lovers to relish every spoonful of Bresca’s unusual flavors, such as crème fraiche key lime pie ice cream or Mexican Coke peanut sorbet. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 With mixer on medium speed, add remaining ¾ cup sugar very slowly, a spoonful or so at a time, taking about 1 minute to add all sugar. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Serve by the spoonful, using a large serving spoon. Alexandria Abramian-mott, House Beautiful, "Gale Gand's Recipe for Strata," 3 Jan. 2012 According to Marshall, no spoonful of sugar was needed to coax the talent into getting onboard with the idea—there were no rejections. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Make Dreams Come True at a Special Screening of Mary Poppins Returns," 18 Dec. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon can hold


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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