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[tee-spoon] /ˈtiˌspun/
a small spoon generally used to stir tea, coffee, etc.
Origin of teaspoon
1680-90; tea + spoon Unabridged
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  • Such a spoon, as shown in Fig. 3, is about the length of a teaspoon, but has a round bowl.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Her hand rattled the teaspoon brusquely by an involuntary movement.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Stir in one-fourth teaspoon of soda, and when it stops foaming turn into a puree strainer and rub the pulp through.

  • A teaspoon of syrup of ipecac, repeated in fifteen minutes if necessary.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Thicken soup with one teaspoon each flour and cornstarch mixed smooth with little water.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
British Dictionary definitions for teaspoon


a small spoon used for stirring tea, eating certain desserts, etc
Also called teaspoonful (ˈtiːˌspuːnfʊl). the amount contained in such a spoon
a unit of capacity used in cooking, medicine, etc, equal to about one fluid dram
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teaspoon

1680s, from tea + spoon (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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teaspoon in Medicine

teaspoon tea·spoon (tē'spōōn')

Abbr. tsp., tsp A measure of about 1 fluid dram or 5 milliliters.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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