a utensil for use in eating, stirring, measuring, ladling, etc., consisting of a small, shallow bowl with a handle.
any of various implements, objects, or parts resembling or suggesting this.
Also called spoon bait .Angling. a lure used in casting or trolling for fish, consisting of a bright spoon-shaped piece of metal or the like, swiveled above one or more fishhooks, and revolving as it is drawn through the water.
Also called num·ber three wood .Golf. a club with a wooden head whose face has a greater slope than the brassie or driver, for hitting long, high drives from the fairway.
a curved piece projecting from the top of a torpedo tube to guide the torpedo horizontally and prevent it from striking the side of the ship from which it was fired.
(in spoon theory) a unit of energy that, once used, must be replenished before becoming available again.
to eat with, take up, or transfer in or as in a spoon.
to hollow out or shape like a spoon.
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.
Informal. to nestle in close contact with (another), as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, the back of one person tucked into the front of the other like the bowls of two spoons: He moved over and spooned her, pressing himself gently against her warm back as she slept.
Informal: Older Use. to show affection or love toward (someone) by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
Informal. (of two people) to nestle in close contact with one another, as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, the back of one person tucked into the front of the other like the bowls of two spoons: They spooned without shifting position the whole night through.
Informal: Older Use. to show affection or love by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
Games. to spoon a ball.
Angling. to fish with a spoon.
Idioms about spoon
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.
- spoon·less, adjective
- spoon·like, adjective
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How to use spoon in a sentence
If the syrup forms a curtain-like sheet off the spoon edge, you are done.Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | February 7, 2021 | Popular-Science
Dip a spoon into the syrup and pull out one spoonful of this amazing tree sugar.Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees | By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life | February 7, 2021 | Popular-Science
Using a wooden spoon, mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot and stir to thicken the cooking liquid.Trinidad-style aloo and channa infuses an Indian classic with Caribbean flavor | Brigid Washington | January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
A full spectrum of measuring spoons and cupsIf you’ve been cooking for a while, you may be able to just intuitively scoop out a teaspoon of salt or sugar.
This set of measuring spoons and cups covers just about any measurement you’re likely to find in a new recipe, and comes in fun colors.
Using a heatproof slotted spoon, remove the shallots to a paper towel-lined plate.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole | Carla Hall | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No congratulations for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and then blame the poor for being poor.
“The spoon was a tool for foreshadowing,” the Facebook page explains.
As the song from Mary Poppins explains, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
McLennan was scouring church land with his metal detector in September when he came across a silver spoon.
So after a few minutes I remarked to him, "Everything tastes very sweet out of this spoon!"Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Had put on her Sunday gown, and had nothing to do now but hold up her head high, and sup her soup out of a silver spoon.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
We don't even have real big prizes—just a dinky little spoon sitting up on the mantel-piece to excite us as if it was a tiara.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Ralph Towne, M.D., he was replying, he was born with a gold spoon in his pretty mouth!Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
Level the seed in the spoon with a knife-blade, like measuring grain in a half-bushel.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for spoon
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 water: Compare spade 1 (def. 4)
be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth to inherit wealth or social standing
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with spoon
see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.
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