Spoon



a utensil for use in eating, stirring, measuring, ladling, etc., consisting of a small, shallow bowl with a handle.
any of various implements, objects, or parts resembling or suggesting this.
a spoonful.
Also called spoon bait. Angling. a lure used in casting or trolling for fish, consisting of a bright spoon-shaped piece of metal or the like, swiveled above one or more fishhooks, and revolving as it is drawn through the water.
Also called number three wood. Golf. a club with a wooden head whose face has a greater slope than the brassie or driver, for hitting long, high drives from the fairway.
a curved piece projecting from the top of a torpedo tube to guide the torpedo horizontally and prevent it from striking the side of the ship from which it was fired.
to eat with, take up, or transfer in or as in a spoon.
to hollow out or shape like a spoon.
Games.

to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion instead of striking it soundly, as in croquet or golf.
to hit (a ball) up in the air, as in cricket.

to nestle in close contact with (another), as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, so that the back of one person is tucked into the front of the other, like the bowls of two spoons:
He moved over and spooned her, pressing himself gently against her warm back as she slept.
Older Use. to show affection or love toward (someone) by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
(of two people) to nestle in close contact with one another, as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, the back of one person tucked into the front of the other like the bowls of two spoons:
They spooned without shifting position the whole night through.
Older Use. to show affection or love by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
Games. to spoon a ball.
Angling. to fish with a spoon.
born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, born into a wealthy family; having an inherited fortune:
She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never worked a day in her life.
Contemporary Examples

The Weirdest Food Trend Ever Robert Rosenthal July 14, 2010
My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum David Frum May 30, 2013
How Washington Dooms Millions of Americans to Premature Death Nicholas Freudenberg February 24, 2014
Bourbon Bacon Apple Tarts Brian Boitano August 24, 2009
5 Recipes from Mollie Katzen Cookstr.com March 15, 2010

Historical Examples

Geography and Plays Gertrude Stein
Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Early English Meals and Manners Various
When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens

noun
a metal, wooden, or plastic utensil having a shallow concave part, usually elliptical in shape, attached to a handle, used in eating or serving food, stirring, etc
Also called spoonbait. an angling lure for spinning or trolling, consisting of a bright piece of metal which swivels on a trace to which are attached a hook or hooks
(golf) a former name for a No. 3 wood
(informal) a foolish or useless person
(Brit) wooden spoon, another name for booby prize
(rowing) a type of oar blade that is curved at the edges and tip to gain a firm grip on the water Compare spade1 (sense 4)
be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, to inherit wealth or social standing
verb
(transitive) to scoop up or transfer (food, liquid, etc) from one container to another with or as if with a spoon
(intransitive) (slang, old-fashioned) to kiss and cuddle
to hollow out (a cavity or spoon-shaped bowl) (in something)
(sport) to hit (a ball) with a weak lifting motion, as in golf, cricket, etc
n.
v.

A black person: Some are just spooks by the door, used to give the organization a little color (1945+)
A spy; secret agent: Mr Wolfson isn’t a spook for the CIA (1942+ Espionage)

see:

born with a silver spoon
greasy spoon

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