Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spoon for pap; a spoon for feeding infants.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • We do not deny the statement of the devil as to what he calls the assault committed upon him; but the fact is, the editor was not in his own study, but was "taking his turn" at the pap-spoon of the Duke of

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, December 11, 1841

  • 'Such children, then,' said he, 'as are brought up by hand, must needs be indebted for similar sensations to a very different object; and yet, I believe, no man has ever felt any intense emotions of amatory delight at beholding a pap-spoon.'

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 536, March 3, 1832

  • Cornwall has appointed Lord Glengall pap-spoon in waiting to his Royal

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, November 27, 1841

  • The Heir Apparent to the English throne has, we are told, been lately subjected to this frightful vicissitude; and though his Royal Highness is said to have borne it tolerably well, it will appear that while he took to the pap-spoon with princely fortitude, there was something of the infant perceptible in his mode of first receiving it.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • "Am I to be flouted thus by a piece of pink-and-whiteness just escaped from the nursery pap-spoon?"

    A Woman Named Smith

  • The conservative assumes sickness as a necessity, and his social frame is a hospital, his total legislation is for the present distress, a universe in slippers and flannels, with bib and pap-spoon, swallowing pills and herb tea.

    Emerson and Other Essays

  • On the third day of my existence, having been starved out of my resistance to the pap-spoon, I was consigned to the care of nurse Nightly, who with a sick and helpless daughter lived in an obscure part of the town.

    The Unexpected Legacy

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