variants or spooney
spoonier; spooniest
: silly, foolish
especially : unduly sentimental
: being sentimentally in love

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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.

Examples of spoony in a Sentence

the spoony verses of a lovesick soldier to his girl back home

Word History


English slang spoon simpleton

First Known Use

circa 1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoony was circa 1812


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Cite this Entry

“Spoony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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