A metal ladle.
- a long-handled, cuplike spoon for dipping out liquids
- any similar device, as a large container for carrying and pouring molten metal
Origin of ladleMiddle English ladel ; from Old English hlædel, a ladle: see lade
transitive verbla·dled, la·dling, la·dles
Origin of ladleMiddle English, from Old English hlædel, from hladan, to draw out, lade.
(third-person singular simple present ladles, present participle ladling, simple past and past participle ladled)
- to serve something with a ladle
From Middle English ladel, from Old English hlædel, derived from Proto-Germanic *hlaþaną (“to load”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂- (“to put, lay out”), same source as Lithuanian kloti (“to spread”), equivalent to lade + -le (“agent suffix”).