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Synonyms for spoon

  • canoodle
  • caress
  • embrace
  • pet
  • fool around
  • make out
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He had been examining a glass, a spoon and some other objects so quietly that I had not heard.

Jack Bates looked up from emptying the third spoon of sugar into his coffee.

Do not use a spoon, as that will not loosen the grains sufficiently.

Boil them fast till they go all to pieces, and stir and mash them with a spoon.

Every man retired from the spoon, as Clennam did, cowed and baffled.

For to lose what is within reach of his spoon is hard indeed for any boy to bear.

Ho Sian Gu has a spoon, usually formed in the shape of a lotus-flower.

They eat the Sagamity as we eat soup, with a spoon made of a buffalo's horn.

The girl (see her) knew what journalists were, and refused to spoon.

Make the paste so light that you may take it up with a spoon.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spon "chip, shaving," from Proto-Germanic *spænuz (cf. Old Norse spann, sponn "chip, splinter," Swedish spån "a wooden spoon," Old Frisian spon, Middle Dutch spaen, Dutch spaan, Old High German span, German Span "chip, splinter"), from PIE *spe- "long, flat piece of wood" (cf. Greek sphen "wedge").

The meaning "eating utensil" is c.1300 in English (in Old English such a thing might be a metesticca), probably from Old Norse sponn, which meant "spoon" as well as "chip, tile" (development of the "eating utensil" sense is specific to Middle English and Scandinavian, though Middle Low German 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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPOON

buss

verbkiss
  • make out
  • osculate
  • peck
  • smack
  • smooch
  • snog
  • spoon

court

verbfawn over, pay attention to
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