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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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  • She ladled out the contents all round for the others, but Diana helped herself.

    "Us" Mary Louisa S. Molesworth
  • From a deep crock she ladled a smaller scoop and filled the glass to the top.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • Still smiling, he lay again to watch the glowing matte as Billy ladled it out of the well.

    The Mystery of The Barranca Herman Whitaker
  • "Mildest thing you ever drank," said John, and he ladled her out a cup.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • He ladled out the broth, bobbing with broken pods, with a great nutshell, muttering angrily to himself as he stooped over the pot.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • And Don Louis ladled them into his mouth with evident relish!

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • One man remaining at the helm, the remainder sat down and ladled the soup into the smaller basins.

  • 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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