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ladle

la·dle

ladle

 
pronunciation:
leI dl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: a spoon with a long handle and a deep bowl for transferring or serving liquids.
a soup ladle
 
synonyms:
dipper, scoop
similar words:
spoon, vessel
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ladled, ladles, ladling
definition: to dip, transfer, or serve (a liquid) with, or as though with, a ladle.
She ladled broth over the meat.
synonyms:
dip, scoop
similar words:
bail, dish, lade, spoon
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derivation: ladler (n.)
Word History
Ladle comes from an Old English word that means "to load." Compared to a spoon, a ladle carries a load of soup.