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spoonful

[spoon-foo l]
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noun, plural spoon·fuls.
  1. as much as a spoon can hold.
  2. a small quantity.
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Origin of spoonful

First recorded in 1250–1300, spoonful is from the Middle English word sponeful. See spoon, -ful
Related formshalf-spoon·ful, adjective, noun

Usage note

See -ful.
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Related Words

touch, bite, bit, shot, measurement, application, lot, measure, prescription, quantity, dosage, tincture, morsel, dash, chaw, trifle, sip, hint, mouthful, tidbit

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British Dictionary definitions for spoonful

spoonful

noun plural -fuls
  1. the amount that a spoon is able to hold
  2. a small quantity
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Word Origin and History for spoonful

n.

late 13c., from spoon (n.) + -ful.

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