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Examples of spoony in a Sentence
the spoony verses of a lovesick soldier to his girl back home
Did You Know?
In 19th-century British slang, spoon meant "simpleton (a meaning that may have been influenced by the "shallowness" of some spoons). That use of "spoon" brought about the adjective "spoony" to describe a silly or foolish person. In time, the foolish manner implied by "spoony" began to take on sentimental and amorous overtones, and it soon became the perfect word for those foolishly head over heels in love. Another "spoon" is a verb referring to love-making or necking. That use of "spoon" may stem from a Welsh custom in which an engaged man presented his fiancé with an elaborately carved wooden spoon.
Origin and Etymology of spoony
First Known Use: circa 1812See Words from the same year
Synonymschocolate-box, cloying, drippy, fruity, gooey, lovey-dovey, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, novelettish, saccharine, sappy, schmaltzy, sentimental, sloppy, slushy, soppy, soupy, corny (or spooney), sticky, sugarcoated, sugary, wet
Related Wordsdreamy, misty-eyed, moonstruck, moony, nostalgic, starry-eyed; feel-good, fuzzy; melodramatic, soap-operatic, soapy, sudsy; flat, insipid, soft-boiled, tasteless, vapid, watery; cutesy, twee [chiefly British]
Near Antonymsunadulterated, unvarnished; antisentimental, cynical, hard-boiled, hard-edged, hardheaded
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