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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


    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 spoon


/ (spuːn) /



Word Origin for spoon

Old English spōn splinter; related to Old Norse spōnn spoon, chip, Old High German spān
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Idioms and Phrases with spoon


see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.

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