spoon


spoon
{{11}}spoon (n.) O.E. spon "chip, shaving," from P.Gmc. *spænuz (Cf. O.N. spann, sponn "chip, splinter," Swed. spôn "a wooden spoon," O.Fris. spon, M.Du. spaen, Du. spaan, O.H.G. span, Ger. Span "chip, splinter"), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (Cf. Gk. sphen "wedge").
The meaning "eating utensil" is c.1300 in English (in Old English such a thing might be a metesticca), probably from O.N. sponn, which meant "spoon" as well as "chip, tile" (development of the "eating utensil" sense is specific to Middle English and Scandinavian, though M.L.G. spon also meant "wooden spatula"). Spoon-feed is from 1610s; figurative sense is attested by 1864. To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth is from 1801.
{{12}}spoon (v.) 1715, "to dish out with a spoon," from SPOON (Cf. spoon) (n.). The meaning "court, flirt sentimentally" is first recorded 1831, from slang noun spoon "simpleton" (1799), a fig. use based on the notion of shallowness.

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  • Spoon — Spoon, n. [OE. spon, AS. sp[=o]n, a chip; akin to D. spaan, G. span, Dan. spaan, Sw. sp[*a]n, Icel. sp[ a]nn, sp[ o]nn, a chip, a spoon. [root]170. Cf. {Span new}.] 1. An implement consisting of a small bowl (usually a shallow oval) with a handle …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoon — [spo͞on] n. [ME spon < OE a chip: sense infl. by cognate ON spōnn, spoon: see SPADE1] 1. a utensil consisting of a small, shallow, usually oval shaped bowl and a handle, used for picking up or stirring food, etc. as in eating or cooking 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • spoon´i|ly — spoon|y «SPOO nee», adjective, spoon|i|er, spoon|i|est, noun, plural spoon|ies. Informal. –adj. foolish or silly in lovemaking; demonstratively fond: »I was never in love myself, but I ve seen many others spoony (Frederick Marryat) …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoon|y — «SPOO nee», adjective, spoon|i|er, spoon|i|est, noun, plural spoon|ies. Informal. –adj. foolish or silly in lovemaking; demonstratively fond: »I was never in love myself, but I ve seen many others spoony (Frederick Marryat) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spoon — Spoon, v. i. 1. To fish with a spoon bait. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. In croquet, golf, etc., to spoon a ball. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spoon — Spoon, v. t. 1. To take up in, or as in, a spoon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Fishing) To catch by fishing with a spoon bait. He had with him all the tackle necessary for spooning pike. Mrs. Humphry Ward. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. In croquet, golf, etc.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoon|ey — «SPOO nee», adjective, spoon|i|er, spoon|i|est, noun, plural spoon|eys. = spoony. (Cf. ↑spoony) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spoon — 〈[spu:n] m. 6; Golf〉 hölzerner Schläger für lange u. hohe Schläge [engl., eigtl. „Löffel“] * * * Spoon [spu:n, ʃpu:n], der; s, s [engl. spoon, eigtl. = Löffel] (Golf veraltet): löffelförmiger Golfschläger …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Spoon — (sp[=oo]n), v. i. (Naut.) See {Spoom}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We might have spooned before the wind as well as they. Pepys. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spoon — Spoon, v. i. To act with demonstrative or foolish fondness, as one in love. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoon — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS sport bastone da golf con spatola in legno inclinata, impiegato per effettuare tiri molto lunghi {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1964. ETIMO: ingl. spoon propr. cucchiaio …   Dizionario italiano


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