spoon

noun
\ ˈspün How to pronounce spoon (audio) \

Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an eating or cooking implement consisting of a small shallow bowl with a relatively long handle
b : spoonful two spoons of sugar
2 : something (such as a tool or fishing lure) that resembles a spoon in shape

spoon

verb
spooned; spooning; spoons

Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take up and usually transfer in a spoon

intransitive verb

1 : to nestle close together while lying down with one person facing the back of another
2 [perh. from the Welsh custom of an engaged man's presenting his fiancée with an elaborately carved wooden spoon] : to engage in amorous caressing, kissing, and conversation : neck

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Synonyms for spoon

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of spoon in a Sentence

Noun an assortment of metal and wooden spoons should be part of every cook's culinary arsenal Verb She spooned the gravy onto her potatoes. He spooned the ice cream into a bowl.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes from the steamer rack to the baking sheet, spreading them out, and setting them flat sides down. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: These ultra-crispy roast potatoes are crunchy like chips," 19 Jan. 2021 Transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to a bowl of warm water. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Ring in the new year with restaurant-worthy brunch recipes that re-create the weekend meal’s leisurely magic," 30 Dec. 2020 As if one spoon rest weren’t enough, here’s an alternative for someone who prefers everything to be in its place. Kate Bratskeir, CNN Underscored, "30 gift ideas for your favorite home cook and foodie," 17 Dec. 2020 This unique pan is designed to replace eight common pieces of cookware, including a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, spoon rest, and more. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "42 awesome gift ideas your boyfriend will love," 11 Dec. 2020 James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. NBC News, "James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92," 22 Oct. 2020 James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country's foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, "James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92," 21 Oct. 2020 Invest in some attractive trivets and hot plates to hold any hot pans coming off the stove, and consider keeping an old-fashioned spoon-rest handy to avoid stains from sauces or spices. Elizabeth Sheldon, Good Housekeeping, "Cleaning Tips for the Trickiest Kitchen Surfaces," 4 Aug. 2020 The team uses a classic French confiture technique to create their spoon preserves. Beth Graham, Saveur, "This Orcas Island Jam Company Transforms Local Plums into Vibrant Seasonal Preserves," 12 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To serve, portion some of the noodles into a bowl and spoon the peanut sauce over the noodles. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "A recipe for a spicy bowl of dan dan noodles that wakes up the taste buds," 12 Feb. 2021 Then spoon it into pasta plates, and shower with slivered scallions. New York Times, "The Case for Stewed Tripe," 13 Jan. 2021 Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon on top of the jam. Cover with raspberries. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Simone Rocha Shares Her Heart-Shaped Cake Recipe—Just in Time for Valentine’s Day," 26 Jan. 2021 Enjoy as a dip with flatbread or raw vegetables or spoon onto a sandwich, or use as a filling for a quesadilla or frittata. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Caramelized onions and winter greens combine in a dairy-free dip that feels indulgent," 21 Jan. 2021 The multipurpose design was made to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware — including a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula (made of beechwood), and spoon rest. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "The Internet-Famous Always Pan In Its Hottest Hue Yet," 13 Jan. 2021 While the stew simmers, stir a zippy herb oil to spoon on top. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Chickpeas, plenty of spices, and herb oil go into this vegetarian tagine," 19 Jan. 2021 Carefully spoon the polenta on top, then let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes so the polenta firms up a bit (the recipe can be prepared to this point and kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours). Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Mushroom ragout transforms cheesy polenta into a comforting 'pot pie'," 15 Jan. 2021 Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes is the nosy yet helpful neighbor, always seemingly there to help spoon-feed Wanda a reality that might not be real, judging from the blips and VCR-like rewinds. Washington Post, "‘WandaVision’ on Disney Plus gives Marvel Studios its first true power couple," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of spoon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spoon

Noun

Middle English, from Old English spōn splinter, chip; akin to Old High German spān splinter, chip

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The first known use of spoon was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2021

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“Spoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoon. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for spoon

spoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an eating or cooking tool that has a small shallow bowl attached to a handle

spoon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or pick up (food) with a spoon

spoon

noun
\ ˈspün How to pronounce spoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an eating and cooking utensil consisting of a small shallow bowl with a handle

spoon

verb
spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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