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[spoo-nee] /ˈspu ni/
adjective, spoonier, spooniest. Informal.
foolishly or sentimentally amorous.
foolish; silly.
Origin of spoony
First recorded in 1805-15; spoon + -y1
Related forms
spoonily, adverb
spooniness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spoony
Historical Examples
  • Let me add, however, that he was as far as possible from being a "spoony."

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • Any young man can get spoony on any girl if he sees enough of her.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • All I can say is, if I were as spoony as you are, on that girl, I'd have learned all about her long ago.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "Yes, yes, the craythur's doin' somethin' in the spoony line," said Kisseck.

  • His Nibs skedaddled yesterday per jack-rabbit line with all the coin in the kitty and the bundle of muslin he's spoony about.

  • The young fellow was delighted—conceited—triumphant—and in one word, a spoony.

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Weather Sign: A spoony pair under an umbrella is a sign of a rain beau.

  • The young fellow was delighted—conceited—triumphant—and, in one word, a spoony.

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And I was so proud of my own strength; so sure that I should never be missish, and spoony, and sentimental!

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • Do you mean to say, Bark Lingall, that you will desert me, and go off with that spoony of an officer?

British Dictionary definitions for spoony


adjective spoonier, spooniest
foolishly or stupidly amorous
noun (pl) spoonies
a fool or silly person, esp one in love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spoony

1812, "foolish;" 1836, "sentimental," from spoon (n.) in sense "silly person" + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spoony



Amorous; romantic: I guess we got kind of spoony (1836+)


A foolish or silly person: I don't believe a cock-and-bull story like that. Quiz was no spoony (1795+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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