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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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  • And ladling out a large bowl of porridge, she stirred some poisonous herbs into it, and set about some work that had to be done.

  • There was Mrs. Blair at the other end, ladling out the potatoes.

    The Haunted Room A. L. O. E.
  • At a side table stood Mrs. Smith, ladling out soup from a large tureen.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger
  • Kirby had been behind him, but now the Texan was back to the fire, ladling more hot water out of the pot.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • They were constantly employed in dishing potatoes or carving the goose or ladling gravy.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • Time and again did she dash herself upon the floor, and roll over and over, ladling out with her feet in all directions.

  • Mrs. Pentz was ladling out some boiled apple-pudding to a hungry circle round her.

    The Last of the Peterkins Lucretia P. Hale
  • "A proof that it ought to be devilish good," replied Dalrymple, ladling it out into the glasses.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for ladling


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 ladling



"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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