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 spooning
Careful not to touch my stinging behind, we are spooning again.‘50 Shades of Grey’ Speed Read: 14 Naughtiest Bits|Lizzie Crocker|April 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His spooning ran into the small hours of the morning, night after night.Out of Mulberry Street|Jacob A. Riis
A fellow has a sort of feeling about a girl when he has been spooning on her himself.Kept in the Dark|Anthony Trollope
Keeping me here all day, while you are spooning the pretty companion.Bluebell|Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
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.