verb (used with object)
- to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion instead of striking it soundly, as in croquet or golf.
- to hit (a ball) up in the air, as in cricket.
verb (used without object)
Origin of spoon
Examples from the Web for spoon
Contemporary Examples of spoon
“The spoon was a tool for foreshadowing,” the Facebook page explains.‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Demand: Bring Back Beth!
December 11, 2014
As the song from Mary Poppins explains, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.”Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
After touching the glass of the fountain to ensure it's cold enough, Cuco prepares my drink with spoon and sugar.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
Not from the sugar we spoon on our cereal or into our coffee.How Washington Dooms Millions of Americans to Premature Death
February 25, 2014
In a small, lightly buttered pan over medium heat, spoon ¼-cupfuls of batter.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of spoon
He had been examining a glass, a spoon and some other objects so quietly that I had not heard.The Bacillus of Beauty
Jack Bates looked up from emptying the third spoon of sugar into his coffee.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Do not use a spoon, as that will not loosen the grains sufficiently.
Boil them fast till they go all to pieces, and stir and mash them with a spoon.
Every man retired from the spoon, as Clennam did, cowed and baffled.Little Dorrit
Word Origin for spoon
Old English spon "chip, shaving," from Proto-Germanic *spænuz (cf. Old Norse spann, sponn "chip, splinter," Swedish spån "a wooden spoon," Old Frisian spon, Middle Dutch spaen, Dutch spaan, Old High German span, German Span "chip, splinter"), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (cf. Greek sphen "wedge").
The meaning "eating utensil" is c.1300 in English (in Old English such a thing might be a metesticca), probably from Old Norse sponn, which meant "spoon" as well as "chip, tile" (development of the "eating utensil" sense is specific to Middle English and Scandinavian, though Middle Low German spon also meant "wooden spatula"). Spoon-feed is from 1610s; figurative sense is attested by 1864. To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth is from 1801.
1715, "to dish out with a spoon," from spoon (n.). The meaning "court, flirt sentimentally" is first recorded 1831, from slang noun spoon "simpleton" (1799), a figurative use based on the notion of shallowness. Related: Spooned; spooning.
see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.