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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

dipper, ladle, scoop

Synonyms: Verb

bucket, dip, lade, ladle, scoop

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Examples of spoon in a Sentence


an assortment of metal and wooden spoons should be part of every cook's culinary arsenal


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

Using small spoon, spread basil mixture evenly between tomato slices (about 2 tablespoons per tomato). Washington Post, "Make your stuffed tomatoes next level with this recipe," 29 July 2019 Using a slotted spoon, spread the salad over the cheese. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Erling Wu-Bower shares his signature recipes," 27 July 2019 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the salad to a serving bowl and top with the queso fresco. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three refreshing salads to beat the heat," 17 July 2019 Use a slotted spoon to lift them out, discard that liquid, then return the coated mushrooms to their same steamer pan. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Using a slotted spoon, remove the onions from the pan, leaving as much of the oil in the pan as possible, and place on a plate to drain. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Macher Malaikari (Fish in Coconut Milk)," 21 June 2019 Use a slotted spoon to transfer the broccoli to a colander, and rinse with cold water to help set its color. Joe Yonan, Twin Cities, "Cook broccoli longer and it becomes as comforting as this bowl of pasta," 20 June 2019 Using a wooden spoon, stir a few times, moving from the outside of the pan toward the center. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "How to make a frittata with edible flowers for your next dinner party," 10 June 2019 Remove from pan using a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Use leftover salmon for this fresh pasta with currants and fried capers," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Place the dressed shrimp over the buttermilk and croutons, being sure to spoon all of the roe out of any leftover liquid and spoon over the top of the shrimp. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Nina Compton shares her signature recipes," 3 Aug. 2019 On one visit, my dining companion insisted on keeping our pot after all the mussels were gone in order to spoon the sauce onto our spicy garlic noodles ($12). Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Alamar’s seafood brings us back to our home shores," 26 July 2019 Fold into pancake and muffin batters, simmer into a sauce to spoon over yogurt, ice cream and pound cake. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "How to Freeze Peaches in Three Easy Steps," 25 June 2019 One mother and daughter share the same bathwater and spoon each other in bed. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge family featured on 'Smothered,' a new TV show about mothers and daughters who are really, really, really close," 10 June 2019 Continue spooning the butter and flipping the steak every 30 seconds, until the steak has been in the pan for 2 minutes. Nick Kindelsperger, charlotteobserver, "Can you cook a great steak indoors? Yes, if you learn this trick," 26 June 2018 Add the patties and cook for 3 minutes, spooning 1 teaspoon of the Worcestershire mixture over each. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger," 18 June 2019 Serve each fillet with a lime wedge for spritzing, and spoon the juices from the foil pouch over the top. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 The next day, preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Roast the lamb, uncovered, spooning the braising liquid over the lamb every 5 minutes, until the lamb is hot through and glazed with the liquid, about 30 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 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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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


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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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