Green’s Dictionary of Slang

spoon v.1

[spoon n.]

1. to flirt with, esp. in a foolish or sentimental manner; often as spooning n.; 20C uses may involve physical as well as verbal intimacy .

[UK]Lady Granville Letters (1894) II 77: The billiard room, in which they spooned, , and two or three people, added to ourselves, sitting over the fire.
[UK]C. Reade Hard Cash II 342: Bother the women! [...] Can I help the fools from spooning upon me?
[UK]Barman & Barmaid 12 July 5/1: But though some publicans don’t mind spooning with their girls, they don’t like their wives to spoon with the barmen.
[UK] ‘The New Patent Fucking Machine’ in Pearl 12 June 34: Now directly I get home next Xmas, I’ll spoon my young cousin Jack Green.
[NZ]Observer and Freelance (Wellington) 29 Aug. 9/4: Nat is spooning as usual, with very little to spoon with.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 26 Oct. 1/4: But better soon, began to spoon, a lady.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 22 July 3/2: They spooned and caressed in the Park.
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 96: Just get tick as two tieves and spoon a little.
[UK]E.E. Rogers [perf. Marie Lloyd] The French Lady’s Maid [lyrics] If you would spoon ze nice young lady, zat vos the game for me.
[UK]‘Pot’ & ‘Swears’ Scarlet City 2394: I’m not a chap much given to spooning youing women.
[Aus]‘Miles Franklin’ My Brilliant Career 159: I suppose he’d like to have time to spoon with his girl.
[UK]Kern & Laska [perf. Florrie Forde] How’d you like to spoon with me? [lyrics] How’d you like to be my lovey-dovey? / How’d you like to spoon with me?
H. Rule ‘Only One Girl at a Time’ [lyrics] He only likes to spoon with one girl, only one girl at a time.
[US]A. Baer Two and Three 3 Feb. [synd. col.] Fred stuck out his chin to kiss Jack, but the lad refused to spoon.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 22: You know that red Carlisle girl, Lily? — Yes. — Spooning with him last night on the pier.
[US]Frankie ‘Half-Pint’ Jaxon ‘Can’t You Wait Till You Get Home’ [lyrics] Why, everywhere that they would go / She would want to spoon.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 35: I could possibly want to spoon with you in the moonlight on the outer drive near the illuminated monument.

2. to cuddle, to indulge in physical intimacy.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 16 Nov. 8/8: The best-looking daughter he’ll coax to spoon on the drawing-room sofa.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 7 Feb. 5/3: [headline] Trusting Tarlets Tell Tearful Tales. Handbags Disappear While Spooning With Strange Johnnies.
[US]Cab Calloway Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 117: Young couples would head for the private places [...] to spoon.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 7: spoon – cuddle with someone.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 63: The almost-official husband and wife spooned in the dark.

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