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[spoon-foo l] /ˈspun fʊl/
noun, plural spoonfuls.
as much as a spoon can hold.
a small quantity.
Origin of spoonful
1250-1300; Middle English sponeful. See spoon, -ful
Related forms
half-spoonful, adjective, noun
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spoonful
  • Place a spoonful of the vegetable mixture and the shredded chicken onto each leaf of lettuce.
  • Add several chunks of chocolate, a sprinkle of salt and a spoonful of sugar.
  • Coal is outlasting roasting and a spoonful, a whole spoon that is full is not spilling.
  • So you may not need that spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.
  • So a spoonful of sugar does more than make the medicine go down.
  • When you are full, continue and whatever anyone tells you swallow another spoonful.
  • Beat the egg white slightly, adding a spoonful of water.
  • There's no spoonful of sugar in the medicine he's offering voters.
  • First there are elements in the universe that a spoonful would weight tons.
  • There was always a big pot of it in the refrigerator, and a generous spoonful was a favorite after-school snack.
British Dictionary definitions for spoonful


noun (pl) -fuls
the amount that a spoon is able to hold
a small quantity
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Word Origin and History for spoonful

late 13c., from spoon (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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