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

    The History of Pendennis William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Let me add, however, that he was as far as possible from being a "spoony."

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • But take a friend's advice, and don't get spoony on a girl so very much older than yourself.

    On the Lightship Herman Knickerbocker Viel
  • 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.

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

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

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

    A History of Pendennis, Volume 1 William Makepeace Thackeray
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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