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[tee-spoon] /ˈtiˌspun/
a small spoon generally used to stir tea, coffee, etc.
Origin of teaspoon
First recorded in 1680-90; tea + spoon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Her hand rattled the teaspoon brusquely by an involuntary movement.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Just as soon as the child is able to swallow, give a teaspoon of syrup of ipecac.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • A teaspoon of syrup of ipecac, repeated in fifteen minutes if necessary.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • He then asked Mrs. Woggs to get him a little molasses in a cup, and a teaspoon.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
  • She agitated the Britannia-metal teaspoon furiously in the empty tumbler.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for teaspoon


a small spoon used for stirring tea, eating certain desserts, etc
Also called teaspoonful (ˈtiːˌspuːnfʊl). the amount contained in such a spoon
a unit of capacity used in cooking, medicine, etc, equal to about one fluid dram
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teaspoon

1680s, from tea + spoon (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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teaspoon in Medicine

teaspoon tea·spoon (tē'spōōn')

Abbr. tsp., tsp A measure of about 1 fluid dram or 5 milliliters.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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