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 One of the hottest days of summer was tamed with every spoonful of gazpacho, a rich emulsion of tomatoes, bread and olive oil with a flicker of chile heat. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "When the going gets tough, these French restaurants offer a dose of civility," 10 July 2020 Then, scoop your batter into a cupcake tin and drop a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture into each cupcake before baking. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Clever Ways to Use Cream Cheese That Go Beyond a Bagel Topper," 1 July 2020 Sometimes, it's been one of those days and no other foods will do but a spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "You Can Buy Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff on Amazon for Around $5," 17 June 2020 To serve, slice the fish into four pieces and drizzle a generous spoonful of the hollandaise sauce over the top. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Steelhead Wellington," 22 May 2020 Toss in a couple spoonfuls of water to stop the cooking, then stir in a couple tablespoons each of soy or Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar. Los Angeles Times, "Stop salting steak before you cook it," 28 Apr. 2020 Fill lettuce leaves with generous spoonful of slaw, top with yogurt sauce. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fresh food ahead: Northeast Ohio CSAs do it all for you," 21 Apr. 2020 Add a drop to a spoonful and try that before dumping it into the whole pot. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Staying home and cooking more? Here are 6 tips for home chefs from our food critic," 4 Apr. 2020 Leave it to the magical folks at Make-A-Wish to make a bitter pill into spoonful of sugar. al, "Send ‘Messages of Hope’ to Make-A-Wish Alabama kids," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of spoonful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Spoonful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoonful. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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