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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spoonnoun

    a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food

  2. spoon, spoonfulnoun

    as much as a spoon will hold

    "he added two spoons of sugar"

  3. spoonverb

    formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face

  4. spoonverb

    scoop up or take up with a spoon

    "spoon the sauce over the roast"

  5. smooch, spoonverb

    snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPOONnoun

    A concave vessel with a handle, used in eating liquids.

    Etymology: spaen, Dutch; spone, Danish; spoonn, Islandick.

    Would’st thou drown thyself,
    Put but a little water in a spoon,
    And it shall be as all the ocean,
    Enough to stifle such a villain up. William Shakespeare, King John.

    This is a devil, and no monster: I will leave him; I have no long spoon. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Or o’er cold coffee trifle with the spoon,
    Count the slow clock, and dine exact at noon. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Spoonverb

    In sea language, is when a ship being under sail in a storm cannot bear it, but is obliged to put right before the wind. Nathan Bailey


  1. Spoon

    A spoon is a utensil consisting of a shallow bowl (also known as a head), oval or round, at the end of a handle. A type of cutlery (sometimes called flatware in the United States), especially as part of a place setting, it is used primarily for transferring food to the mouth. Spoons are also used in food preparation to measure, mix, stir and toss ingredients and for serving food. Present day spoons are made from metal (notably flat silver or silverware, plated or solid), wood, porcelain or plastic. There are a wide variety of spoons that are made of a variety of materials and by different cultures for many different uses and foods.


  1. spoon

    A spoon is a utensil commonly used for eating, stirring or serving food. It typically has a shallow, oval or round bowl at one end and a handle at the other. Spoons are made in various sizes and from different materials such as plastic, metal, wood, porcelain, or bone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spoonverb

    see Spoom

  2. Spoonnoun

    an implement consisting of a small bowl (usually a shallow oval) with a handle, used especially in preparing or eating food

  3. Spoonnoun

    anything which resembles a spoon in shape; esp. (Fishing), a spoon bait

  4. Spoonnoun

    fig.: A simpleton; a spooney

  5. Spoonverb

    to take up in, or as in, a spoon

  6. Spoonverb

    to act with demonstrative or foolish fondness, as one in love

  7. Etymology: [OE. spon, AS. spn, a chip; akin to D. spaan, G. span, Dan. spaan, Sw. spn, Icel. spnn, spnn, a chip, a spoon. 170. Cf. Span-new.]


  1. Spoon

    A spoon is a utensil consisting of a small shallow bowl, oval or round, at the end of a handle. A type of cutlery, especially as part of a place setting, it is used primarily for serving. Spoons are also used in food preparation to measure, mix, stir and toss ingredients. Present day spoons can be made from metal, wood, porcelain or plastic.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spoon

    spōōn, n. an instrument with a shallow bowl and handle for use in preparing, serving, or in eating food: anything like a spoon or its bowl, as an oar: in golf, a wooden-headed club of varying length, having the face more or less spooned, used in approaching the holes from varying distances.—v.t. to use a spoon upon: to lie spoon fashion with.—v.i. to fish with a spoon-hook: in croquet, to shove or scoop with the mallet: to be foolishly fond, to indulge in endearments openly.—ns. Spoon′-bait, a revolving metallic lure attached to a fishing-line by a swivel, used in trolling for fish; Spoon′bill, a family of birds (Plataleidæ) allied to the Ibididæ, and more distantly to the storks, with a bill long, flat, and broad throughout, and much dilated in a spoon form at the tip; Spoon′-drift, light spray borne on a gale; Spoon′ful, as much as fills a spoon: a small quantity:—pl. Spoon′fuls.—adv. Spoon′ily, in a spoony or silly way.—n. Spoon′meat, food taken with a spoon, such as is given to young children.—adv. Spoon′ways, applied to a way of packing slaves in ships very closely together.—adjs. Spoon′y, Spoon′ey, silly, weakly affectionate, foolishly fond.—n. a simple fellow: one foolishly fond of a sweetheart.—Apostle spoon (see Apostle); Dessert-spoon (see Dessert); Eucharistic spoon, the cochlear or labis; Tablespoon (see Table).—Be spoons on, to be silly in the manifestation of one's love for a woman. [A.S. spón; Ger. span, a chip, Ice. spánn, a chip, a spoon.]

Editors Contribution

  1. spoon

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Spoons are created for various purposes and usage.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2020  

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  1. Spoon

    = bouton; q.v.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SPOON

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spoon is ranked #10728 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spoon surname appeared 2,977 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Spoon.

    91.7% or 2,732 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 71 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 55 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.7% or 52 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 52 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spoon' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4248

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of spoon in a Sentence

  1. Ian Paul:

    Even though we know metric units are safer and more accurate, too many healthcare providers are still writing that prescription using spoon-based dosing, some parents use household spoons to administer it, which can lead to dangerous mistakes.

  2. Kendra Chapman:

    You'll have a spread of food, and one thing might be completely safe, but they'll have something at the other end of the table that's not, and people will use the same spoon or the same fork, and now I really can't eat it.

  3. Amy Brown:

    What is of central importance is feeding your baby responsively; looking to them for signs of hunger and fullness, and not trying to get them to finish a portion if they do not want to. This applies whether you are spoon-feeding or letting babies self-feed, and indeed is important during milk feeding and for older children, too. Offer a range of tastes, varieties, and textures and let your baby eat as much as they need.

  4. Laura Leigh:

    Profit-driven interests ravage the landscape, and we blame the horse, absolutely nothing has changed under the Biden administration except we are being spoon-fed a dose of greenwash that they ‘care’ about the environment and wild things.

  5. Guenther Steiner:

    When it rains soup. You need to have a spoon ready. And today we had a spoon.

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