spoon

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • A small, steel plasterer's tool used in finishing moldings.
  • A recovery tool used in soil sampling.

Cricket

  • verb to hit the ball high in the air but without much force, especially as a result of a mistimed stroke
    Citation ‘Shahid, too, in leaden boots, spooned a simple catch to short midwicket against a ball he never saw’ (Richard Streeton, The Times 23 June 1983)

Food

  • An implement with a shallow, oval or round bowl at one end of a handle, constructed of metal, plastic, ceramic, wood or other natural materials or a combination of these. Wooden spoons are often used in mixing and stirring so as not to leave scratches on the container. Spoons used for eating are either small (around 5 ml capacity) called teaspoons, medium (around 10 ml capacity) called dessert spoons or large (around 15 ml capacity) called tablespoons. Larger ones may be used for serving. The Chinese ceramic spoon is around 20 ml capacity.

Medical

  • noun an instrument with a long handle at one end and a small bowl at the other, used for taking liquid medicine

Slang

  • noun a person from a privileged and/or wealthy background. The word became fashionable among young City financial traders in the early 1990s, used either contemptuously or teasingly by working-class speakers of their upper- (or sometimes middle-)class fellows. It derives from the expression ‘born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth’.
  • noun a stupid, ‘thick’ person.

Travel

  • noun an eating utensil with a bowl and a long handle

Origin & History of “spoon”

The word spoon originally denoted ‘chip of wood’. such chips typically being slightly concave, they could be used for conveying liquid, and by the 14th century spoon, through Scandinavian influence, was being used in its present-day sense. It goes back ultimately to the same prehistoric base as produced English spade, and its Old Norse relative spánn ‘chip’ lies behind the span of spick and span. The late 19th-century slang use ‘court, make love, bill and coo’ comes from a late 18th-century application of the noun to a ‘shallow’ or foolish person.
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