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[spoon-drift] /ˈspunˌdrɪft/
Origin of spoondrift
1760-70; spoon, variant of obsolete spoom (of a ship) to run or scud before the wind + drift Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just the same, I guess I can show you girls a good time at spoondrift.

  • spoondrift is the spray from the tops of the waves, explained Pearl.

  • And it was cold—oh, it was cold!The pinching cold was like a vise: spoondrift flew freezing,—fold on foldIt coated them with ice.

  • It blew so that the spoondrift was driven over the sea, and the spray was dashed far in over the ice.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • She dodged occasionally to protect her eyes from the spoondrift which slatted so sharply across the deck and 156 into the cockpit.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Amid a mass of spoondrift the schooner drove helplessly before it.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • The spoondrift began to fly so that you could not see the moon, and the wind was enough to choke you if you faced it.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • But if we got off about here and went right through those woods yonder, wed reach the spoondrift bungalow in an hour.

  • The party from spoondrift bungalow got back in season to get luncheon; after which they rested and then bathed.

  • Those next few minutes were terribly exciting for all hands at the spoondrift bungalow.

British Dictionary definitions for spoondrift


a less common spelling of spindrift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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