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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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  • He was ladling the pobs into the child's mouth, and scooping the overflow from her chin.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There was Mrs. Blair at the other end, ladling out the potatoes.

    The Haunted Room A. L. O. E.
  • The vat was full of water, and numbers of men were employed in ladling it out and sprinkling it on the clouds.

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

  • "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
  • Boyd hastened to obey, ladling everything within reach into his mouth as fast as knife and spoon could follow each other.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • I spoke for your good principally, but if you've been ladling out your money to be spent in liquor, I say stop it.

    Ray's Daughter Charles King
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.

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