spoon /0spu:n/ verb². E18.
[ORIGIN from the noun.]
► I 1 verb trans. Lift or transfer by means of a spoon. Chiefly with prepositions or adverbs, as into, off, out, up. E18.
J. C. Oates St. Dennis is spooning out mushrooms onto a platter. G. Tindall An uncle…let me spoon the cream from the top of his hot chocolate.
2 verb trans. ▸ a Croquet. Push (a ball) without an audible knock. M19. ▸ b Cricket. Lift (the ball) up in the air with a soft or weak stroke; hit (an easy catch). M19.
3 ▸ a verb intrans. Lie close together or fit into each other in the manner of spoons. M19. ▸ b verb trans. Lie with (a person) spoon-fashion. L19.
4 verb trans. Catch (fish) by means of a spoon bait. L19.
5 verb trans. Hollow out, make concave like a spoon. L19.
► II 6 verb intrans. Cuddle, fondle, or talk amorously, esp. in a sentimental or silly fashion. colloq. M19.
H. Williamson The Mecca coffee rooms…where men go to spoon with the waitresses!
7 verb trans. Try to win the affection of, court, esp. in a sentimental fashion. L19.
spooned ppl adjective shaped or hollowed out like a spoon M19. spooner noun² a person who spoons with another, a sentimental lover L19.
(SOED, 6th Ed., 2007)