[ spoo-nee ]
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adjective,spoon·i·er, spoon·i·est.
  1. Informal: Older Use. foolishly or sentimentally amorous: a spoony couple, canoodling on the porch swing.

  2. Archaic. foolish; silly.

Origin of spoony

First recorded in 1805–15; spoon (in the archaic sense “shallow person, simpleton, fool”) + -y1

Other words from spoony

  • spoon·i·ly, adverb
  • spoon·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby spoony

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How to use spoony in a sentence

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

    Captains of Industry | James Parton
  • Of course spoony people ought to talk about spring, and how perfectly lovely everything is.

    Love in a Cloud | Arlo Bates
  • The sight of my own little Bill's satchel gives me a turn, and makes me feel spoony to this day.

    Girlhood and Womanhood | Sarah Tytler
  • Say, when you fellows get over being spoony, come out and have some fun, he added closing the door.

    For the Honor of Randall | Lester Chadwick
  • With a smile he added: "Now, don't get too spoony when he comes, or else Ken will have no head for business."

    The Mask | Arthur Hornblow

British Dictionary definitions for spoony


adjectivespoonier or spooniest
  1. foolishly or stupidly amorous

nounplural spoonies
  1. a fool or silly person, esp one in love

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