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

  • adj. Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
  • adj. Feebly sentimental; gushy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
  • adj. Feebly sentimental; gushy.
  • n. A foolish, simple, or silly person.
  • n. A foolishly amorous person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Same as spooney.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Soft; silly; weak-minded; specifically, weakly or foolishly fond; sentimental.
  • n. A stupid or silly fellow; a noodle; a ninny; a simpleton; especially, a sillily fond sentimental fellow. Also spoon.
  • Being in love; sentimentally fond of (some one): with upon or on.


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  • When she left the city, he dispatched ridiculously "spoony" telegrams to her in Baltimore, and in his daily letters indulged in a maudlin sentimentality that might have inspired the envy of a sighing

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  • The publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1852 had aroused a great deal of curiosity about the South, and Olmsted, as an alternative to the "spoony fancy pictures" then in circulation, promised to supply "matter of fact matter."

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  • Twain the former Confederate ranger did not like the change; he considered it a “spoony, slobbering, summer-complaint of a name.”


  • And here he was, getting spoony round my wife, whom he had affected to despise once on a day for her lowly origins.

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  • On one hand, there was an exciting variety about Caprice's boudoir behaviour, the merry concubine performing for the fun of it; on t'other, my horsey charmer was wildly passionate and spoony about me - and there was more of her.


  • Vanity would have tempted me to take Hutton's judgment that she was dead spoony on me and had done him in for that reason, if she had not since handed me my marching orders.


  • I didn't trust you an inch, then; Kralta did, though, and she's no fool, even if she is spoony about you.


  • That, and I wanted to be able to say “spoony,” to see what weird searches would be sent my way.

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  • The wordy war lasted fully half an hour, and terribly distressed one spoony

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  • I recklect there was at our school, in Smithfield, a chap of this milksop, spoony sort, who appeared among the romping, ragged fellers in a fine flanning dressing-gownd, that his mama had given him.

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  • Our passions are gentled by age,

    So sorrow scars over our rage,

    An obsession once loony

    Becomes merely spoony

    And the pedant retires a sage.

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  • "You spoony bard!"

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