Also called spoon bait. Angling. a lure used in casting or trolling for fish, consisting of a bright spoon-shaped piece of metal or the like, swiveled above one or more fishhooks, and revolving as it is drawn through the water.
Also called number three wood. Golf. a club with a wooden head whose face has a greater slope than the brassie or driver, for hitting long, high drives from the fairway.
a curved piece projecting from the top of a torpedo tube to guide the torpedo horizontally and prevent it from striking the side of the ship from which it was fired.
verb (used with object)
to eat with, take up, or transfer in or as in a spoon.
to hollow out or shape like a spoon.
to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion instead of striking it soundly, as in croquet or golf.
to hit (a ball) up in the air, as in cricket.
to nestle in close contact with (another), as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, so that the back of one person is tucked into the front of the other, like the bowls of two spoons:
He moved over and spooned her, pressing himself gently against her warm back as she slept.
Older Use. to show affection or love toward (someone) by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
verb (used without object)
(of two people) to nestle in close contact with one another, as when both are lying on their sides with their knees drawn up, the back of one person tucked into the front of the other like the bowls of two spoons:
They spooned without shifting position the whole night through.
Older Use. to show affection or love by kissing and caressing, especially in an openly sentimental manner.
Games. to spoon a ball.
Angling. to fish with a spoon.
born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, born into a wealthy family; having an inherited fortune:
She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and never worked a day in her life.
O.E. spon "chip, shaving," from P.Gmc. *spænuz (cf. O.N. spann, sponn "chip, splinter," Swed. spån "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 Eng., probably from O.N. sponn, which meant "spoon" as well as "chip, tile" (development of the "eating utensil" sense is specific to M.E. and Scand., though M.L.G. spon also meant "wooden spatula"). Spoon-feed is from 1615; fig. sense is attested by 1864. To be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth is from 1801. Spoonbill is attested from 1678, after Du. lepelaar (from lepel "spoon").
1715, "to dish out with a spoon," from 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.