spoon

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A table spoon
A fishing spoon
A hand grenade with spoon (lever) at right

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

spoon (plural spoons)

  1. An implement for eating or serving; a scooped utensil whose long handle is straight, in contrast to a ladle.
    • Shakespeare
      He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.
  2. An implement for stirring food while being prepared; a wooden spoon.
  3. A measure that will fit into a spoon; a spoonful.
  4. (sports, archaic) A wooden-headed golf club with moderate loft, similar to the modern three wood.
  5. (fishing) A type of metal lure resembling the concave head of a table spoon.
  6. (dentistry, informal) A spoon excavator.
  7. (figuratively, slang, archaic) A simpleton, a spooney.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hood to this entry?)
  8. (US, military) A safety handle on a hand grenade, a trigger.
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spoon (third-person singular simple present spoons, present participle spooning, simple past and past participle spooned)

  1. To serve using a spoon.
    Sarah spooned some apple sauce onto her plate.
  2. (intransitive, dated) To flirt; to make advances; to court, to interact romantically or amorously.
  3. (transitive or intransitive, slang, of persons) To lie nestled front-to-back, following the contours of the bodies, in a manner reminiscent of stacked spoons.
  4. (tennis) To hit weakly
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin uncertain. Compare spoom.

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spoon (third-person singular simple present spoons, present participle spooning, simple past and past participle spooned)

  1. Alternative form of spoom
    • Samuel Pepys
      We might have spooned before the wind as well as they.
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