Definition of spoon in English:

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Pronunciation: /spuːn/


1An implement consisting of a small, shallow oval or round bowl on a long handle, used for eating, stirring, and serving food.
Example sentences
  • Holding a spoon and a bowl, this woman lunches quietly, pensively and, most importantly, alone on the grass.
  • Thirteen-month-old Kristin turns her head away when offered food on a spoon.
  • He would make everyday utensils, such as spoons and bowls, and even made a 24-blade knife.
1.1The contents of a spoon: three spoons of sugar
More example sentences
  • I dropped the strainer method and adopted tea bags, made in the mug, but the drink (Assam with no more than a drop of milk and two heaped spoons of sugar) turned out the same: hot, strong and syrupy.
  • One day I was putting six spoons of sugar into a cup of tea, when I saw some men at another table watching me.
1.2 (spoons) A pair of spoons held in the hand and beaten together rhythmically as a percussion instrument.
Example sentences
  • By swapping guitars for spoons, the band's sound is basic yet shiny.
  • It is a whimsical piece featuring spoons and stride piano.
  • But it's not just a superior production job they have going for them: Volume 1 would be just as chilling played on a banjo and a set of spoons.
2A thing resembling a spoon in shape, in particular:
Example sentences
  • They'd grow that pinkie at least a good half-inch past the finger and shape it perfectly, and that was the ultimate coke spoon of the time.
2.1 (also spoon bait) A fishing lure designed to wobble when pulled through the water.
Example sentences
  • During the past week 26 anglers caught 53 trout for 68 lb in 49 angling days, mostly all to wet fly but also some by anglers trolling spoon baits.
  • We could see how many fishermen had delved into these waters by the hundreds of spoon baits lodged in the weed.
  • Some fishermen trolled dead bait as well as various types of spoon baits and some trout were caught.
2.2An oar with a broad curved blade.
2.3 Golf , dated A club with a slightly concave wooden head.


1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Put (food) into or on something with a spoon: Rosie spooned sugar into her mug
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  • I reach for it and he shakes his head; he spoons the sugar on my rice.
  • She was smoking a cheap cigarette while spooning white sugar into a cup of tea stewed from the cheapest of teabags.
  • ‘Well,’ I began, spooning some banana into my mouth.
2 [no object] informal, dated (Of two people) behave in an amorous way; kiss and cuddle: I saw them spooning on the beach
More example sentences
  • ‘The shooter aiming from Horseshoe Beach thought you and I were spooning on that ledge,’ she whispered.
2.1(Of two people) lie close together sideways and front to back, so as to fit together like spoons.
Example sentences
  • Morvern spoons with her boyfriend's dead body on the living room floor, in a silence and darkness broken only by the visual and sonic buzz of cycling Christmas lights.
  • Caleb turned off the light and spooned up beside her and kissed the back of her head before he closed his eyes and tried to sleep.
  • She spooned up against him, hooking her chin on his neck.
3 [with object] Hit (a ball) up into the air with a soft or weak stroke: he spooned his shot high over the bar





Old English spōn 'chip of wood', of Germanic origin; related to German Span 'shaving'. sense 1 of the noun is of Scandinavian origin. The verb dates from the early 18th century.

  • In Old English a spoon was a chip of wood or a splinter, from the same Germanic root that gives us the span of spick and span. The ‘eating utensil’ sense came in the Middle Ages, probably from the fact that spoons were most often carved out of wood or horn. The team that comes last in a competition can be said to win the wooden spoon. The original winner, back in the early 19th century, was the candidate coming last in the final examination in mathematics at Cambridge University. As a symbol of his ‘wooden-headedness’ or stupidity he would be presented with a wooden spoon. Spooning is an old slang word meaning ‘to behave in an amorous way, kiss and cuddle’, first recorded in the 1830s and in vogue until the middle of the next century. It probably comes from the use of spoon to mean ‘a foolish person’, which developed into being spoons about someone, or having the spoons for them—being infatuated with them.

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