\ 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


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 Anchor Grill is a nostalgic, greasy-spoon diner, not a lot has changed over the years. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "'New Yorker' food critic lists Anchor Grill's GLT as one of the best sandwiches she ate this decade," 2 Jan. 2020 The women’s-specific sleeping bag is spoon-shaped with a smaller width at the hip than in the shoulders and footbox. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Sleep Soundly Under the Stars with the Nemo Rave," 29 Dec. 2019 Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set This cute little measuring spoon set is a delightful addition to any kitchen, and our readers seemed to concur, since it's made this list of the top 100 products of the year. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 100 most popular things everyone bought this year," 27 Dec. 2019 Something tall and dramatic to be sliced and shared and eaten without forks or plates, a giant bowl of something rich and creamy eaten with several spoons at once. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Desserts that bring the party, but not the fuss," 21 Dec. 2019 The easiest way to peel fresh ginger is to reach for a spoon. Chris Ross, Twin Cities, "Martha Stewart Living’s ‘Cookie Perfection’ timed for holiday baking," 11 Dec. 2019 The fish are typically found around shell bars downlake at depths of 12 to 25 feet, and are caught on deep running crankbaits, football jigs or flutter spoons. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Plenty of good fishing during holidays," 20 Dec. 2019 By Monday, November 25, Cruz was dead and protesters, outraged at the brutality that caused an 18-year-old armed with only a spoon to die, flowed into the streets in even greater numbers. Alice Driver, Longreads, "My Spoon, Your Bullet," 18 Dec. 2019 Due to possible self-mutilation and aggression, the offenders' only eating utensil is a paper spoon. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Ornaments handmade by incarcerated men in North Carolina prison adorn governor's Christmas tree," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Simply spoon your favorite chili onto the chips in the bag and top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "What food do I make for a tailgate party? Louisville chefs share their best recipes," 21 Oct. 2019 Then spoon the sand into the paper funnel, filling the water bottle all the way up with dry sand. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make Water Disappear--With the Wet-Sand Effect," 25 July 2019 Whisk together all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), sugar, lemon zest, and kosher salt in a bowl. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Froot Loops Cake," 4 Jan. 2018 Place a piece of parchment, traced side down, onto a baking sheet and use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to spoon a heaping ⅓ cup of batter onto the circle. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: How to make 20th Century Cafe’s Russian Honey Cake," 20 Sep. 2019 The second features shredded turkey mixed with barbecue sauce, crunchy slaw and sweet bread-and-butter pickles, all spooned into a soft burger bun. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Turkey sandwiches, as you please," 3 Dec. 2019 With the mixer on low speed, slowly spoon the sugar into the fat mixture until completely incorporated and smooth; add 2 tablespoons cream, the vanilla and salt. Los Angeles Times, "The only 4 cakes you’ll ever need for entertaining," 12 Sep. 2019 As the two hockey teams battled it out on the ice, one Habs fan was caught on camera spooning what appeared to be mayo out of a giant Hellman’s jar as the man sitting next to her dipped fries in it. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Sports Fan Was 'Caught' on Camera Eating Mayo Out of the Jar and That's Not the First Time This Has Happened," 6 Nov. 2019 Anything that’s very soft or juicy can, of course, be eaten out of hand, as well as incorporated into soups or smoothies or spooned on top of yogurt and oatmeal. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "Pears are the unheralded stars of the fall fruit bounty. Here’s how to choose and use them.," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of spoon


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


1715, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spoon


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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8 Jan 2020

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“Spoon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spooning. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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



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

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


\ 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


spooned; spooning

Kids Definition of spoon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take up in or as if in a spoon

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