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teaspoon

[tee-spoon]
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noun
  1. a small spoon generally used to stir tea, coffee, etc.
  2. a teaspoonful.
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Origin of teaspoon

First recorded in 1680–90; tea + spoon
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Examples from the Web for teaspoon

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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

teaspoon

noun
  1. a small spoon used for stirring tea, eating certain desserts, etc
  2. Also called: teaspoonful (ˈtiːˌspuːnfʊl) the amount contained in such a spoon
  3. a unit of capacity used in cooking, medicine, etc, equal to about one fluid dram
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Word Origin and History for teaspoon

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

teaspoon in Medicine

teaspoon

(tēspōōn′)
n.
  1. A measure of about 1 fluid dram or 5 milliliters.
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