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spoon-fed

[spoon-fed]
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adjective
  1. fed with a spoon.
  2. treated with excessive solicitude; pampered.
  3. given no opportunity to act or think for oneself: Having always been spoon-fed, I couldn't meet the challenge of college.

Origin of spoon-fed

First recorded in 1900–05

spoon-feed

[spoon-feed, -feed]
verb (used with object), spoon-fed, spoon-feed·ing.
  1. to cause to be spoon-fed.

Origin of spoon-feed

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for spoon-fed

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Historical Examples

  • They want to be spoon-fed and patted on the back when they choke.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Accustom people to be nose-led and spoon-fed, and democracy is a mere pretence.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • She did not soil any more, but she sometimes drooled and had to be spoon-fed.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • It was difficult to get her to eat, and she had to be spoon-fed.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • She had to be spoon-fed at times, again she ate naturally when the food was brought.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for spoon-fed

spoon-feed

verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)
  1. to feed with a spoon
  2. to overindulge or spoil
  3. to provide (a person) with ready-made opinions, judgments, etc, depriving him of original thought or action
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