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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), from Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- ‎(chip, shaving, log, length of wood). Cognate with Scots spun, spon ‎(spoon, shingle), Saterland Frisian Spoune ‎(chip; flake; splinter), West Frisian spoen, Dutch spaan ‎(chip, flinders), German 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).


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, golf, croquet) To hit (the ball) weakly, pushing it with a lifting motion, instead of striking with an audible knock.
    • 2012 June 28, Jamie Jackson, “Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Rosol spurned the chance to finish off a shallow second serve by spooning into the net, and a wild forehand took the set to 5-4, with the native of Prerov required to hold his serve for victory.
  5. (intransitive) To fish with a concave spoon bait.
  6. (transitive) To catch by fishing with a concave spoon bait.
    • Mrs. Humphry Ward
      He had with him all the tackle necessary for spooning pike.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin uncertain. Compare spoom.


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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