spoon


spoon
   to caress heterosexually
   A boon to songwriters from having, for once, a whole series of unforced rhymes like moon, June, swoon, and so on. There was once a phrase to lie spoons, to nestle closely with the convex side of one against the concave side of the other. The Welsh too used to give their sweethearts suitably carved wooden spoons, as a token of their amorous interest. In the 19th century it referred also to homosexual relationships between males:
    'Spooning' between master and boy was a subject for cruel jest. (Pearsall, 1969, writing of Victorian boarding schools for boys)

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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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