a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.

verb (used with object), la·dled, la·dling.

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
Related formsla·dler, nounun·la·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ladled

Contemporary Examples of ladled

Historical Examples of ladled

  • You should have heard him when he ladled out the talk to me.

  • From a deep crock she ladled a smaller scoop and filled the glass to the top.


    Edna Ferber

  • After the oil was thus extracted, it was ladled into casks, which were stowed below.

  • "Mildest thing you ever drank," said John, and he ladled her out a cup.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

    Charles S. Brooks

  • If we would leave it to them, they said, they would see that justice was ladled out.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

British Dictionary definitions for ladled



a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquidsa soup ladle
a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal


(tr) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Derived Formsladleful, noun

Word Origin for ladle

Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out
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Word Origin and History for ladled



"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

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