Other forms: spoons; spooning; spooned

If it's not a fork or a knife, it’s probably a spoon. The curviest utensil in the drawer, a spoon is good for scooping soup, ice cream, or anything else that might fall through the slats on a fork.

The small bowl-like end of a spoon is ideal for scooping and holding small amounts of soft or liquid foods. You couldn't eat your soup with a fork, and it would be challenging to get pudding into your mouth without a spoon. You can use spoon as a verb, too: "I watched her spoon cereal into her mouth while she watched cartoons." It also means "to lie together cuddled like two spoons."

Definitions of spoon
  1. noun
    a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
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    dessert spoon
    a spoon larger than a teaspoon and smaller than a tablespoon
    runcible spoon
    a fork-like spoon with a cutting edge; coined by Edward Lear
    soup spoon, soupspoon
    a spoon with a rounded bowl for eating soup
    sugar shell, sugar spoon
    a spoon for serving sugar; often made in the shape of a seashell
    a spoon larger than a dessert spoon; used for serving
    tea maker
    a covered spoon with perforations
    a small spoon used for stirring tea or coffee; holds about one fluid dram
    wooden spoon
    a spoon made of wood
    iced-tea spoon
    a teaspoon with a long handle
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
    cutlery, eating utensil
    tableware implements for cutting and eating food
  2. noun
    as much as a spoon will hold
    “he added two spoons of sugar”
    synonyms: spoonful
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    the quantity that a container will hold
  3. noun
    formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face
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    a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head
  4. verb
    scoop up or take up with a spoon
    spoon the sauce over the roast”
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  5. verb
    snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
    synonyms: smooch
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    make out, neck
    kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion




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