Meaning of spatula in English:



  • 1An implement with a broad, flat, blunt blade, used for mixing and spreading things, especially in cooking and painting.

    • ‘After about 2 minutes of stirring, take the mixture off the heat and, using a spatula, spread it evenly onto a non-stick baking pan with raised edges.’
    • ‘Using an offset spatula, spread the batter on a silpat-lined sheet pan to form 12 thin triangles.’
    • ‘In the kitchen I took out some eggs and the frying pan with the spatula and started to fry some eggs’
    • ‘Who would have thought garlic choppers, spatulas and no-stick frying pans could make the world a better place?’
    • ‘Using a rubber spatula, fold the egg whites into the milk mixture and then fold in the egg yolk mixture.’
    • ‘British Army Chefs battled for honour using spatulas and whisks rather than rifles and bayonets recently in one of the British Army's most prestigious military catering events.’
    • ‘She was in the kitchen, waving a spatula around like a microphone while she wiped the counter.’
    • ‘Pour the batter into the pan - it will be somewhat thick, so spread it around with a spatula if needed.’
    • ‘Using a rubber spatula fold in the egg whites to combine.’
    • ‘Slide spatula between fillet and skin to remove salmon from grill.’
    • ‘Aunt Penny couldn't see the difference between a spatula and a spoon.’
    • ‘Using the fork or a small spatula, work the egg mixture in the pan, stirring and drawing the mixture from the outside into the middle.’
    • ‘Using a spatula, spread a thin layer of hazelnut meringue over the tart.’
    • ‘He flips one of the smaller pancakes on the very large frying pan and puts the spatula down.’
    • ‘Fold the white sauce gently but thoroughly into the beaten egg whites, using a flexible spatula.’
    • ‘He reached across the barbecue with his spatula and flipped various burgers and sausages until he found a sausage that was marginally less burnt than the others’
    • ‘He dropped the spatula, picked up a spoon and stirred some sauce.’
    • ‘Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and stir with a spatula until just combined.’
    • ‘Pour a first layer of cheese mixture in the terrine and even it out with a spatula.’
    • ‘Using a slotted spatula, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined sheet pan, reserve, and maintain the hot pan.’
    1. 1.1US A kitchen utensil with a broad flat blade for lifting and turning food; a fish slice.
  • 2British A thin, flat wooden or metal instrument used in medical examinations, for holding down the tongue or taking cell samples.


Early 16th century from Latin, variant of spathula, diminutive of spatha (see spathe).