[ leyd-l ]
See synonyms for: ladleladledladling on

  1. a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.

  2. Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.

verb (used with object),la·dled, la·dling.
  1. to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle: to ladle soup into bowls.

Origin of ladle

before 1000; Middle English ladel,Old English hlædel.See lade, -le

Other words from ladle

  • ladler, noun
  • un·la·dled, adjective

Words Nearby ladle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ladle in a sentence

  • A fellow was dropt down in the bucket, and soon bawled out from the bottom, "I have found the punch-ladle, so wind me up."

  • I see mother's long, slender fingers grasp the heavy ladle, and the next instant a sharp pain pierces my left hand.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • The objects in the engraving are probably the shears, comb, ladle, and an unknown instrument used for cleansing wool.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • In his excitement he failed to notice that he had spilled some pepper into the ladle which he held in one hand.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for ladle


/ (ˈleɪdəl) /

  1. a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquids: a soup ladle

  2. a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal

  1. (tr) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle

Origin of ladle

Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out

Derived forms of ladle

  • ladleful, noun

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