[ spoon ]
/ spun /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. spoofing,
  2. spook,
  3. spooky,
  4. spool,
  5. spoom,
  6. spoon back,
  7. spoon bow,
  8. spoon bread,
  9. spoon hook,
  10. spoon nail


    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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Word Origin and History for spoon
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Idioms and Phrases with spoon


see born with a silver spoon; greasy spoon.

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