spoon·​ful | \ ˈspün-ˌfu̇l \
plural spoonfuls\ ˈspün-​ˌfu̇lz \ also spoonsful\ ˈspünz-​ˌfu̇l \

Definition of spoonful

: as much as a spoon will hold specifically : teaspoonful

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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 Place a small spoonful of the duck/cheese mixture on a tortilla chip, repeating until the filling is gone. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "The Fanciest Nachos You'll Ever Eat," 1 Feb. 2014 Lay out the wonton wrapper on a cutting board or work table and place a spoonful of filling in the center. Redbook, "What's for Dinner at The White House?," 14 Jan. 2011 Just a spoonful of bravery helps the movie magic happen. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Mary Poppins Returns' Behind-the-Scenes Secret Has Everyone Freaking Out," 15 Jan. 2019 To serve, put a large ladle of stewed lentils in a low, wide soup bowl and place a large spoonful of rice next to it. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Gently drop 4 large spoonfuls potato mixture into skillet (about 1/4 cup each). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Parsnip-Potato Latkes with Quick Sautéed Apples," 27 Nov. 2018 To me, this was like walking into an all-you-can-eat buffet and only eating spoonfuls of ketchup. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The only game I play on my phone is Minesweeper," 27 Oct. 2018 The newspaper added a spoonful of Lake’s remaining ashes were reportedly found in a Catskills antique store. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Veronica Lake, former '40s Hollywood star, appeared 'very damaged' in her later years," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of spoonful

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 \
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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