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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With the mixer running, add the flour mixture, one spoonful at a time, until fully incorporated. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 Take batter, a spoonful at a time, and drop into boiling stock. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 Cook spoonfuls in olive oil in a nonstick skillet until golden brown and cooked through; serve with a salad. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spaghetti with Parmesan-Roasted Broccolini," 4 Sep. 2014 Drizzle with chimichurri sauce and top each scallop with a small spoonful of chipotle aioli, if desired. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018 For each serving, stack 2 tortillas together and fill with a spoonful of the chicken and sauce. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Pulled-chicken tacos with tomatilla salsa are almost like the ones from a Mexican food truck," 25 June 2018 How to eat them To turn apples into a more energizing snack, slice one up and enjoy with a spoonful of peanut or almond butter. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018 Community is the spoonful of sugar that makes the othering go down. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "What Good Is ‘Community’ When Someone Else Makes All the Rules?," 17 Apr. 2018 The Times reported that on occasion for breakfast, prisoners were served a slice of toast, a partial egg, and a few spoonfuls of grits, while the sheriff pocketed more than $200,000. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Alabama Sheriffs Might Not Be Able to Pocket Leftover Prisoner Food Funding Anymore," 12 July 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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