What does spoon mean?

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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

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.

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

Anagrams for spoon »

  1. No-ops

  2. Snoop

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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. Mitchell Burgess:

    The mellow sweetness of pumpkin pie off a prison spoon is something you will never forget.

  2. Adrian Frutiger:

    If you remember the shape of your spoon at lunch, it has to be the wrong shape. The spoon and the letter are tools; one to take food from the bowl, the other to take information off the page... When it is a good design, the reader has to feel comfortable because the letter is both banal and beautiful.

  3. Daniel Andrews:

    Some don’t like to see this (vaccination rollout) as a race but a race it surely is. What I didn’t know was that [NSW] Premier [Gladys] Berejiklian’s in a sprint while the rest of us are supposed to do some sort of egg and spoon thing.

  4. Buddha:

    Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

  5. Matthew Vadum:

    Using allies to spoon feed and crowd-source radical political propaganda, in the President Obama era, the entertainment industry has been openly complicit in administration plans to promote so-called health care reform, for example, gleefully parachuting pro-Obamacare propaganda into TV shows.

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