\ 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

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 a wooden spoon, slowly incorporate the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "La Cocina recipe: Reem Assil’s Savory Lamb Turnovers (Sfeeha)," 24 Aug. 2019 Then, while stirring the remaining cream mixture in the saucepan over low heat using a wooden spoon, slowly pour in the egg yolk mixture. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Cool off with homemade ice cream that captures the essence of summer fruit," 14 Aug. 2019 Kate laughed as she was presented with a wooden spoon for coming last and William picked up a bottle of Taittinger Champagne for coming joint third. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Had an Eventful Day at the King's Cup Sailing Race," 8 Aug. 2019 With a wooden spoon, stir until a sticky dough forms. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Reem’s Za’atar Man’oushe," 2 Aug. 2019 After spending 10 years on Game of Thrones, I’m left with a wooden spoon. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Here's everything that happened at the final Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel," 20 July 2019 Stir gently with the wooden spoon until honey is dissolved. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, tofu, and milk with a wooden spoon until the mixture looks homogeneous. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 The ordinance approved unanimously Wednesday by the City Council also bans the sale or distribution of single-use straws, utensils such as forks and spoons, stirrers, cocktail sticks and toothpicks made of plastic at any store in the city. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Solana Beach bans distribution of single-use plastic bottles at city events," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Turn the squab and spoon the pan juices over for 1 minute. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Butterflied Squab (Dove)," 11 Sep. 2019 Here’s what this versatile jumble can do for you: It can be spooned atop a bed of quinoa or freekeh. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "When summer produce is past its prime, turn to this roasted corn and vegetable bake," 27 July 2019 Toss the vin and the beans together and spoon over sliced heirloom tomatoes that have been drizzled with salt, pepper, and oil. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "Now That I Know How To Cook Beans, I’m Making This Dish All The Time," 30 Aug. 2019 Remove shrimp to a platter, sprinkle with salt, and spoon some of the garlic-chile oil over the top. Michalene Busico, Dallas News, "'Mercados' cookbook explores the wonders of Mexico's markets and brings home the recipes," 31 July 2019 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

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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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