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

Examples of spoonful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dumplings yielded deferentially to my fork, the soup was bright and citrusy, and each sloppy spoonful came laden with visions of the sunny afternoons and balmy weather that weren’t written in my destiny. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "Zanzibar in the Rain," 22 Jan. 2020 This version has three layers — icy pomegranate juice, followed by coconut milk and, finally, fresh orange juice, so that each spoonful has a mix of textures, flavors and colors. Washington Post, "8 recipes featuring the pomegranate, the jewel of fruits," 9 Jan. 2020 Pes, who favors blue-framed glasses and a silver goatee, slurps a spoonful of soup. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 For Mejia, making the crepes means moving quickly between several frying pans, dropping spoonfuls of batter into them and quickly tilting the pans back and forth to coat. Katie V. Jones, baltimoresun.com, "At Pasta Plus in Laurel, a silver anniversary for the woman behind the noodles," 4 Dec. 2019 Food insecurity for me was to fret and then plan to make sure one of my older cousins did not first get to the last bottle of soda in the fridge or the last spoonful of food in the pot. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Food insecurity is not what I first thought it was," 25 Aug. 2019 Before serving, top blinis with a dollop of crème fraîche and a spoonful of caviar. al, "Serve a meal inspired by Alabama’s 200-year history," 20 Aug. 2019 Try whisking a spoonful into a cup of hot water, then adding a squeeze of lemon juice. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "3 Healthy (and Delicious) Teas To Add to Your Diet," 7 Dec. 2019 Test by drizzling a small spoonful of the candy into a cold glass of water. BostonGlobe.com, "SUGAR COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of spoonful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2020

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“Spoonful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonful. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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