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

  • n. A utensil consisting of a small, shallow bowl on a handle, used in preparing, serving, or eating food.
  • n. Something similar to this utensil or its bowl, as:
  • n. A shiny, curved, metallic fishing lure.
  • n. A paddle or an oar with a curved blade.
  • n. Sports The three wood golf club.
  • transitive v. To lift, scoop up, or carry with or as if with a spoon.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To shove or scoop (a ball) into the air.
  • intransitive v. To fish with a spoon lure.
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To give a ball an upward scoop.
  • intransitive v. Informal To engage in amorous behavior, such as kissing or caressing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An implement for eating or serving; a scooped utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
  • n. An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
  • n. A measure that will fit into a spoon; a spoonful.
  • n. A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
  • n. A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a table spoon.
  • n. A spoon excavator.
  • n. A simpleton, a spooney.
  • v. To serve using a spoon.
  • v. To flirt; to make advances; to court, to interact romantically or amorously.
  • v. To lie nestled front-to-back, following the contours of the bodies, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons.
  • v. To hit weakly
  • v. To turn to port and starboard erratically for short periods of time, in the manner of a sailing boat heading nearly directly into a shifting wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An implement consisting of a small bowl (usually a shallow oval) with a handle, used especially in preparing or eating food.
  • n. Anything which resembles a spoon in shape; esp. (Fishing), a spoon bait.
  • n. Fig.: A simpleton; a spooney.
  • n. A wooden club with a lofted face.
  • intransitive v. See spoom.
  • intransitive v. To act with demonstrative or foolish fondness, as one in love.
  • intransitive v. To fish with a spoon bait.
  • intransitive v. In croquet, golf, etc., to spoon a ball.
  • transitive v. To take up in, or as in, a spoon.
  • transitive v. To catch by fishing with a spoon bait.
  • transitive v. In croquet, golf, etc., to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion, instead of striking with an audible knock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take up or out with a spoon or ladle; remove with a spoon; empty or clean out with a spoon: often with up: as, to spoon up a liquid.
  • To lie close to, the face of one to the back of the other, as the bowl of one spoon within that of another. Compare spoon-fashion.
  • In croquet, to use the mallet as a spoon; push or shove the ball along with the mallet instead of striking it smartly as is required by the strict rules of the game.
  • To fish with spoon-bait.
  • To lie spoonfashion. Compare I., 2.
  • Same as spoom.
  • To be a spoon or spoony; be sillily in love.
  • In angling, to fish for with spoon-bait.
  • In golf, croquet, and similar games, to send (the ball) into the air with the club or mallet.
  • Specifically, in cricket, to send (the ball) high in the air by a mishit.
  • In golf, to move (the club) very slowly in putting, as though it were a teaspoon: an unfair stroke.
  • To be spoony about; be in love with; court.
  • n. A thin piece of wood; a splinter; a chip.
  • n. A utensil consisting of a bowl or concave part and a handle, used for conveying liquids or liquid food to the mouth.
  • n. Something wholly or in part like a spoon (def. 2) or the bowl of a spoon in shape.
  • n. At Yale, formerly, the student who took the last appointment at the Junior Exhibition; later, the most popular student in a class.
  • n. A foolish fellow; a simpleton; a spoony; a silly lover.
  • n. A fit of silliness; especially, a fit of silly love.
  • n. In pianoforte-making, see damper-lifter.
  • n. In cricket, a mishit which sends the ball high in the air.

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

  • n. formerly a golfing wood with an elevated face
  • v. snuggle and lie in a position where one person faces the back of the others
  • n. a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
  • n. as much as a spoon will hold
  • v. scoop up or take up with a spoon


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

Middle English, from Old English spōn, chip of wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English spone ("spoon, chip of wood"), from Old English spōn ("sliver, chip of wood, shaving"), from Proto-Germanic *spēnuz (“chip, flake, shaving, spoon”), from Proto-Indo-European *spē- (“chip, shaving, log, length of wood”). Cognate with Scots spun, spon ("spoon, shingle"), West Frisian spoen, Dutch spaan ("chip, flinders"), Low German spoon ("thin piece of wood, shaving"), German Span ("chip, flake, shaving"), Swedish spån ("chip, cutting"), Norwegian spon ("chip"), Icelandic spánn, spónn, Ancient Greek σφήν (sphḗn, "wedge").

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Origin uncertain. Compare spoom.



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