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[leyd-l] /ˈleɪd l/
a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.
verb (used with object), ladled, ladling.
to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle:
to ladle soup into bowls.
Origin of ladle
before 1000; Middle English ladel, Old English hlædel. See lade, -le
Related forms
ladler, noun
unladled, adjective Unabridged
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  • You should have heard him when he ladled out the talk to me.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • From a deep crock she ladled a smaller scoop and filled the glass to the top.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • After the oil was thus extracted, it was ladled into casks, which were stowed below.

  • "Mildest thing you ever drank," said John, and he ladled her out a cup.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • If we would leave it to them, they said, they would see that justice was ladled out.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • And Don Louis ladled them into his mouth with evident relish!

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • A pagoda covers it, beneath which water is ladled out to the thirsty.

  • One may imagine with what grim satisfaction Coke ladled this out.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for ladled


a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquids: a soup ladle
a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal
(transitive) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Derived Forms
ladleful, noun
Word Origin
Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out
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Word Origin and History for ladled



"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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