tablespoonful

noun

ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-
plural tablespoonfuls ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-ˌfu̇lz
also tablespoonsful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspünz-ˌfu̇l
1
: enough to fill a tablespoon
2

Examples of tablespoonful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spoon or scoop out large tablespoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 Drop sweet potato batter by double tablespoonfuls into the hot oil. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Drop cookie batter by heaping 2 tablespoonfuls (at Secret Bakery, cookies are 100 grams each) onto the prepared baking sheet. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 10 Mar. 2024 Once the oil shimmers (a little bit of the fritter mixture will sizzle upon contact), drop in tablespoonfuls of the batter, without crowding them, and use the back of the spoon to press each mound into a flat pancake. Julia Turshen, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil, and fry in batches 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Spoon out pralines: Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper, and let stand until firm (10 to 15 minutes). Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 28 Oct. 2023 Arrange strawberries in a single layer over batter; scatter tablespoonfuls of cream cheese mixture over strawberries. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 6 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tablespoonful was in 1755

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Cite this Entry

“Tablespoonful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tablespoonful. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tablespoonful

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
ˈtā-bəl-ˌspün-
plural tablespoonfuls
-ˌfu̇lz
also tablespoonsful -ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
-ˌspünz-
1
: as much as a tablespoon can hold
2

Medical Definition

tablespoonful

noun
ta·​ble·​spoon·​ful ˌtā-bəl-ˈspün-ˌfu̇l, ˈtā-bəl-ˌ How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)
plural tablespoonfuls -ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio) also tablespoonsful -ˈspünz-ˌfu̇l, -ˌspünz- How to pronounce tablespoonful (audio)

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