adjective, spoon·i·er, spoon·i·est. Informal.

foolishly or sentimentally amorous.
foolish; silly.

Origin of spoony

First recorded in 1805–15; spoon + -y1
Related formsspoon·i·ly, adverbspoon·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for spoony

Historical Examples of spoony

  • Let me add, however, that he was as far as possible from being a "spoony."

  • Any young man can get spoony on any girl if he sees enough of her.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • All I can say is, if I were as spoony as you are, on that girl, I'd have learned all about her long ago.

    The Tenants of Malory

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • "Yes, yes, the craythur's doin' somethin' in the spoony line," said Kisseck.

  • His Nibs skedaddled yesterday per jack-rabbit line with all the coin in the kitty and the bundle of muslin he's spoony about.

British Dictionary definitions for spoony



slang, rare, old-fashioned

adjective spoonier or spooniest

foolishly or stupidly amorous

noun plural spoonies

a fool or silly person, esp one in love
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Word Origin and History for spoony

1812, "foolish;" 1836, "sentimental," from spoon (n.) in sense "silly person" + -y (2).

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