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[spoon-fed] /ˈspunˌfɛd/
fed with a spoon.
treated with excessive solicitude; pampered.
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, -feed] /ˈspunˈfid, -ˌfid/
verb (used with object), spoon-fed, spoon-feeding.
to cause to be spoon-fed.
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • It was difficult to get her to eat, and she had to be spoon-fed.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • She did not soil any more, but she sometimes drooled and 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
  • Linen in Ireland had been a perfect type of the State-created, spoon-fed industry characteristic of the period of mercantilism.

  • She often began to feed herself when urged, but would not finish, and had to be spoon-fed, as a rule.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • If men could be spoon-fed with happiness, a benevolent despotism would be the ideal system.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
British Dictionary definitions for spoon-fed


verb (transitive) -feeds, -feeding, -fed
to feed with a spoon
to overindulge or spoil
to provide (a person) with ready-made opinions, judgments, etc, depriving him of original thought or action
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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