A ladle is a large spoon with a deep bowl for scooping and serving soup and other liquids. If you make clam chowder, it might be messy to serve it without using a ladle.

The serving implement is called a ladle, and you can also use this word as a verb: "Will you ladle some of that tomato soup into my bowl?" The Old English version was hlædel, from hladan, "to load," plus the "tool" suffix -le (like in thimble or handle).

Definitions of ladle
  1. noun
    a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another
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    a ladle that has a cup with a long handle
    a large ladle
    soup ladle
    a ladle for serving soup
    type of:
    an object used as a container (especially for liquids)
  2. verb
    put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle
    ladle soup into the bowl”
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. verb
    remove with or as if with a ladle
    ladle the water out of the bowl”
    synonyms: lade, laden
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    ladle clumsily
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
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