- 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
- 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
The conclusions of the advisory report were spoon-fed to a friendly group of Japanese political reporters two days ago.Japanese Women Tell Their Men They Have to Choose Between Love and War
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
May 14, 2014
Drudge simply “reported” on that fact—or rather was spoon-fed it by disgruntled internal sources.Julian Assange Loves Rand Paul and His ‘Very Principled Positions’
August 19, 2013
Do American movie-going audiences in 2012 really need to be spoon-fed a justification for the killing of Osama bin Laden?Is Zero Dark Thirty Propaganda?
December 10, 2012
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
She did not soil any more, but she sometimes drooled and had to be spoon-fed.
It was difficult to get her to eat, and she had to be spoon-fed.
She had to be spoon-fed at times, again she ate naturally when the food was brought.
- 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
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