"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[leyd-l] /ˈleɪd l/
a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids.
Metallurgy. a bucketlike, refractory-lined container for transferring molten metal.
verb (used with object), ladled, ladling.
to dip or convey with or as if with a ladle:
to ladle soup into bowls.
Origin of ladle
before 1000; Middle English ladel, Old English hlædel. See lade, -le
Related forms
ladler, noun
unladled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ladle
  • Use a ladle or the stirring paddle to scoop hot water into the pouch to remove the residual extract.
  • Use a utensil with a handle such as a scoop or ladle to dispense ice.
  • ladle in half of the remaining soup and add the rest of the toast squares, drizzling them with the remaining olive oil.
  • Have partygoers ladle soup into mugs or small bowls, and offer condiments so they can tailor each soup to their liking.
  • ladle into small bowls, sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
  • Here the hawkers ladle out the wildly diverse local fare that serves as both national obsession and metaphor.
  • ladle into bowls and top each serving with a dollop of roasted tomatillo relish.
  • ladle the soup into bowls, garnish each serving with a handful of sliced asparagus, sprinkle with tarragon and serve.
  • ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of the scallion greens.
  • To serve the soup ladle it into bowls and then spoon into the center the marinated salmon roe.
British Dictionary definitions for ladle


a long-handled spoon having a deep bowl for serving or transferring liquids: a soup ladle
a large bucket-shaped container for transferring molten metal
(transitive) to lift or serve out with or as if with a ladle
Derived Forms
ladleful, noun
Word Origin
Old English hlædel, from hladan to draw out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ladle

"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ladle

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ladle

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ladle