spoon

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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. spoofing,
  2. spook,
  3. spooky,
  4. spool,
  5. spoom,
  6. spoon back,
  7. spoon bow,
  8. spoon bread,
  9. spoon hook,
  10. spoon nail

Idioms

    born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, born into a wealthy family; having an inherited fortune: She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never worked a day in her life.

Origin of spoon

before 900; Middle English; Old English spōn; cognate with Low German spon, German Span chip, Old Norse spōnn; akin to Greek sphḗn wedge

Related formsspoon·less, adjectivespoon·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

spoon

noun

a metal, wooden, or plastic utensil having a shallow concave part, usually elliptical in shape, attached to a handle, used in eating or serving food, stirring, etc
Also called: spoonbait an angling lure for spinning or trolling, consisting of a bright piece of metal which swivels on a trace to which are attached a hook or hooks
golf a former name for a No. 3 wood
informal a foolish or useless person
wooden spoon British another name for booby prize
rowing a type of oar blade that is curved at the edges and tip to gain a firm grip on the waterCompare spade 1 (def. 4)
be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth to inherit wealth or social standing

verb

(tr) to scoop up or transfer (food, liquid, etc) from one container to another with or as if with a spoon
(intr) slang, old-fashioned to kiss and cuddle
to hollow out (a cavity or spoon-shaped bowl) (in something)
sport to hit (a ball) with a weak lifting motion, as in golf, cricket, etc

Word Origin for spoon

Old English spōn splinter; related to Old Norse spōnn spoon, chip, Old High German spān

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Word Origin and History for born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
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Culture definitions for born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

Born into a wealthy family: “She may have a lot of money, but she earned every penny herself; she wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth.”

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Idioms and Phrases with born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

spoon

see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.

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