Definition of wooden spoon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


wooden spoon

BrE BrE//ˌwʊdn ˈspuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwʊdn ˈspuːn//
In the kitchen
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  • a spoon made of wood, used in cooking for stirring and mixing See related entries: In the kitchen
  • Word Origina spoon made of wood was formerly given to the candidate coming last in the Cambridge mathematical tripos (final exams for a BA degree).Idioms
    get, win, take, etc. the wooden spoon
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    (British English, informal) to come last in a race or competition
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wooden spoon