Spoon definition

spo͝on
A utensil consisting of a small, shallow bowl on a handle, used in preparing, serving, or eating food.
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Something similar to this utensil or its bowl, as:
  • A shiny, curved, metallic fishing lure.
  • A paddle or an oar with a curved blade.
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Spoon is defined as to cuddle with one person wrapped around the other, as two spoons nest when stacked.

An example of spoon is two people laying on their sides next to each other, both facing the same direction, with one holding the other.

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To lift, scoop up, or carry with or as if with a spoon.
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(sports & games) To give a ball an upward scoop.
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The definition of spoon is an eating utensil with a handle and a shallow bowl at the bottom used for scooping or holding liquid food.

An example of a spoon is what a person would use to eat soup.

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(sports & games) To shove or scoop (a ball) into the air.
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(informal) To lie down behind and against (another person) so that both bodies face the same direction with the knees drawn up slightly like nested spoons.
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To fish with a spoon lure.
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(informal) To lie down with another person so that both bodies face the same direction with the knees drawn up slightly like spoons nested in each other.
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(informal) To engage in amorous behavior, such as kissing or caressing.
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A utensil consisting of a small, shallow, usually oval-shaped bowl and a handle, used for picking up or stirring food, etc. as in eating or cooking.
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Something shaped like a spoon; specif., a shiny, curved fishing lure, usually made of metal, set above a hook or hooks so as to wobble when drawn through the water.
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Number 3 wood: see wood.
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To take up with or as with a spoon and, usually, move from one place to another.

To spoon custard into a baby's mouth.

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To push, lift, or hit (a ball) with a scooping motion instead of a direct blow.
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(informal, former) To embrace, kiss, and caress.
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(informal) To nestle against each other, on the sides and front to back.
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An implement for eating or serving; a scooped utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
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An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
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A measure that will fit into a spoon; a spoonful.
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(sports, archaic) A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
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(fishing) A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a table spoon.
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(dentistry, informal) A spoon excavator.
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(figuratively, slang, archaic) A simpleton, a spooney.

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To serve using a spoon.

Sarah spooned some apple sauce onto her plate.

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(intransitive, dated) To flirt; to make advances; to court, to interact romantically or amorously.
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(intransitive, slang, of persons) To lie nestled front-to-back, following the contours of the bodies, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons.
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(tennis) To hit weakly.
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Alternative form of spoom.
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(sports) A three wood golf club.
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born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
  • born rich
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spoon
Plural:
spoons

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spoon

  • Middle English from Old English spōn chip of wood

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English spone (“spoon, chip of wood"), from Old English spōn (“sliver, chip of wood, shaving"), from Proto-Germanic *spÄ“nuz (“chip, flake, shaving, spoon"), from Proto-Indo-European *spÄ“- (“chip, shaving, log, length of wood"). Cognate with Scots spun, spon (“spoon, shingle"), West Frisian spoen, Dutch spaan (“chip, flinders"), Low German spoon (“thin piece of wood, shaving"), German Span (“chip, flake, shaving"), Swedish spÃ¥n (“chip, cutting"), Norwegian spon (“chip"), Icelandic spánn, spónn, Ancient Greek σφήν (sphḗn, “wedge").

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain. Compare spoom.

    From Wiktionary