1. A utensil consisting of a small, shallow bowl on a handle, used in preparing, serving, or eating food.
2. Something similar to this utensil or its bowl, as:
a. A shiny, curved, metallic fishing lure.
b. A paddle or an oar with a curved blade.
3. Sports A three wood golf club.
v. spooned, spoon·ing, spoons
1. To lift, scoop up, or carry with or as if with a spoon.
2. Sports & Games To shove or scoop (a ball) into the air.
3. Informal To lie down behind and against (another person) so that both bodies face the same direction with the knees drawn up slightly like nested spoons.
1. To fish with a spoon lure.
2. Sports & Games To give a ball an upward scoop.
3. Informal To lie down with another person so that both bodies face the same direction with the knees drawn up slightly like spoons nested in each other.
4. Informal To engage in amorous behavior, such as kissing or caressing.
[Middle English, from Old English spōn, chip of wood.]
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