from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long-handled spoon with a deep bowl for serving liquids.
  • transitive verb To lift out or serve with a long-handled spoon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A long-handled dish-shaped utensil for dipping or conveying liquids.
  • noun A similarly shaped instrument for drawing a charge from a cannon.
  • noun The float-board of a mill-wheel; a ladle-board.
  • noun In glass manufacturing, same as cuvette, 2.
  • noun A burghal duty charged on grain, meal, and flour brought to market for sale; the proceeds obtained from that duty: from the dish or vessel used to measure the grain or meal.
  • To lift or dip with a ladle; lade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take up and convey in a ladle; to dip with, or as with, a ladle
  • noun A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping.
  • noun (Founding) A vessel to carry liquid metal from the furnace to the mold.
  • noun The float of a mill wheel; -- called also ladle board.
  • noun An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.
  • noun A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot.
  • noun (Bot.) the wood of a South African tree (Cassine Colpoon), used for carving.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A deep-bowled spoon with a long, usually curved, handle.
  • noun A container used in a foundry to transport and pour out molten metal
  • verb transitive to serve something with a ladle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb put (a liquid) into a container by means of a ladle
  • verb remove with or as if with a ladle
  • noun a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English hlædel, from hladan, to draw out, lade.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English ladel, from Old English hlædel


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  • Stupid word. Hate it (no particular reason, i just do).

    December 23, 2008

  • What? Be off with you, ladle is a great word.

    December 23, 2008

  • I concur. Ladle. Ladle. Ladle.

    December 23, 2008

  • I suppose you guys like the word douche as well.

    December 25, 2008

  • Only when applied to individuals who deserve it. :)

    December 28, 2008

  • I prefer antidouche as a word, though not as a concept.

    December 28, 2008

  • Ladle. Ladle. Ladle.

    December 29, 2008

  • "I made it out of claaaay..."

    December 29, 2008

  • "And when it's dry and ready..."

    December 30, 2008

  • "With ladle I will play!"

    (BTW, has anyone seen Stephen Colbert's Christmas Special? The song with Jon Stewart is pretty good.)

    December 30, 2008

  • Singing: "Ladle vice..."

    December 30, 2008

  • Ohh -- I love that one!

    "Ladle vice...every morning you greet me...

    December 30, 2008

  • If the loony with the ladle

    Eats the noodle from the middle,

    Can a hobbit and a rabbit

    Build a model of the moon?

    --a scrap of half-remembered poetry

    December 31, 2008