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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pet, caress, embrace, canoodle

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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 waterCompare 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

Word Origin for spoon

Old English spōn splinter; related to Old Norse spōnn spoon, chip, Old High German spān
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Idioms and Phrases with spoon


see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.

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