[ spoon-feed, -feed ]
/ ˈspunˈfid, -ˌfid /

verb (used with object), spoon-fed, spoon-feed·ing.

to cause to be spoon-fed.

Origin of spoon-feed

First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for spoon-feed

  • Better let them go to hell in their own way than attempt to spoon-feed them.

    Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

British Dictionary definitions for spoon-feed


verb -feeds, -feeding or -fed (tr)

to feed with a spoon
to overindulge or spoil
to provide (a person) with ready-made opinions, judgments, etc, depriving him of original thought or action
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