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 hl├Ždel, from hladan, "to load," plus the "tool" suffix -le (like in thimble or handle).

Definitions of ladle

n a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another

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)

v put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle

ladle soup into the bowl”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v remove with or as if with a ladle

ladle the water out of the bowl”
lade, laden
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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