Pronunciation Noun

spoon (plural spoons)

  1. An implement for eating or serving; a scooped utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, “The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.
  2. An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
  3. A measure that will fit into a spoon; a spoonful.
  4. (golf, archaic) A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
  5. (slang) An oar.
    • 1877, The Country (volumes 1-2, page 339)
      To this class college rowing offers no attractions or place, nor are they generally looked upon by the artists of the "spoons" as a desirable addition […]
  6. (fishing) A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a tablespoon.
  7. (dentistry, informal) A spoon excavator.
  8. (figuratively, slang, archaic) A simpleton, a spooney.
  9. (US, military) A safety handle on a hand grenade, a trigger.
  10. (slang) A metaphoric unit of energy available to cope with problems.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: блесна́

spoon (spoons, present participle spooning; past and past participle spooned)

  1. To serve using a spoon; to transfer (something) with a spoon.
    Sarah spooned some apple sauce onto her plate.
  2. (intransitive, dated) To flirt; to make advances; to court, to interact romantically or amorously.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 7
      Do you think we spoon and do? We only talk.
  3. (transitive or intransitive, informal, of persons) To lie nestled front-to-back, following the contours of the bodies, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons.
  4. (tennis, golf, croquet) To hit (the ball) weakly, pushing it with a lifting motion, instead of striking with an audible knock.
  5. (intransitive) To fish with a concave spoon bait.
  6. (transitive) To catch by fishing with a concave spoon bait.
    • He had with him all the tackle necessary for spooning pike.
  • Spanish: echar con una cuchara, servir con una cuchara, cucharear
  • Portuguese: deitar de conchinha
  • Spanish: cucharear

spoon (spoons, present participle spooning; past and past participle spooned)

  1. Alternative form of spoom
    • We might have spooned before the wind as well as they.

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