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
“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.”
After touching the glass of the fountain to ensure it's cold enough, Cuco prepares my drink with spoon and sugar.
Not from the sugar we spoon on our cereal or into our coffee.How Washington Dooms Millions of Americans to Premature Death|Nicholas Freudenberg|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a small, lightly buttered pan over medium heat, spoon ¼-cupfuls of batter.
Jane balanced her spoon on the brim of the shell-like cup and smiled at Mr. Scott.
Pour it down the side, or put it in with the help of a spoon, so as to break the fall.
Mash with a spoon or a potato masher, adding the salt, butter, milk and paprika.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband|Louise Bennett Weaver
Penrod laid down his spoon again and moved his chair slightly back from the table.Penrod|Booth Tarkington
In the performing of this test, a spoonful of the jelly is dipped from the pan and then poured from the spoon into the pan again.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
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.