Meaning of spoon-feed in English:



[with object]
  • 1Feed with a spoon.

    ‘he is spoon-feeding the chimpanzee as one might feed a baby’
    • ‘When I visit Ally at lunchtime, does she drag me into a dark corner and cower with me while I spoon-feed her yogurt and offer her a baby bottle?’
    • ‘We ate quietly and quickly, Stella spoon-feeding Jay who only protested lightly, causing me to roll my eyes at him.’
    • ‘He proceeded to spoon-feed Glen the bowl of soup.’
    • ‘Slowly, in the fading light, I take the bowl into my lap, and carefully begin to spoon-feed myself the broth.’
    • ‘She patiently spoon-feeds me a bowl of soup while my daughter Teal reads me her report about African elephants: ‘Did you know that elephants poop 80 pounds a day?’’
    • ‘His nurse must chop up his food and spoon-feed him.’
    • ‘‘Well, for one thing, he's a big boy and I can stop spoon-feeding him now,’ Jerik replied brightly.’
    • ‘The other week, I made them honorary members of his nursing staff, because he always manages to eat that little bit more than usual when the twins play Mummy with him and spoon-feed him soups or porridge.’
    • ‘Dante would usually take over and spoon-feed me, making my situation all the more degrading.’
    • ‘I just said that she should eat more, not that I was going to write up a dietary plan and spoon-feed her.’
    • ‘He has been robbed even of the ability to chew, so a nurse must spoon-feed him every meal.’
    • ‘He eyed the mothers spoon-feeding their babies, smiling widely.’
    pamper, spoil, overindulge, coddle, mollycoddle, cosset, nanny, nursemaid, mother, baby, pet, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wrap in cotton wool, overparent
    1. 1.1Provide (someone) with so much help or information that they do not need to think for themselves.
      ‘certain students enjoy finding out things for themselves; others prefer being spoon-fed’
      • ‘I am not here to spoon-feed you and nor are you the kind of people who should be spoon-fed.’
      • ‘But the show clumsily spoon-feeds us its insights.’
      • ‘But this week it means intelligent, not letting anyone or anything spoon-feed you.’
      • ‘We don't spoon-feed the audience and tell them what to think.’
      • ‘It challenges you with provocative ideas, and doesn't spoon-feed you.’
      • ‘Those qualities don't interest me much in music or any artform, nor do the types of performances which spoon-feed the audience.’
      • ‘It's time to start trusting students to make their own informed decisions, as opposed to spoon-feeding them.’
      • ‘He does not spoon-feed or coddle his audience; he does not always explain all the minute particulars of every event he discusses.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Nobody is going to come out and spoon-feed the town council.’’
      • ‘And then you have to spoon-feed journalists so that you'll have it, it's easy, you don't have to make 12 phone calls.’
      • ‘The US media has simply allowed him to spoon-feed them.’
      • ‘Much of the country seems to be engrossed in the process as the media spoon-feeds them breaking news sound-bites.’
      • ‘Can you imagine being a manager and not having to think for everybody all the time, spoon-feed them and having to scrutinize every single document before it leaves your department, simply because you cannot depend on your subordinates?’
      • ‘As for Reid, his signature move is simple: spoon-feed journalists one day, then scream at them the next if the story's not spun to his heart's desire.’
      • ‘It is high time for us to spoon-feed them - teach them the process of transformation, how it works.’
      • ‘Let them find their own way out of their befuddlement: There is no need to spoon-feed them.’
      • ‘The ensuing film is a rich character study that forces viewers to think for themselves, rather than being spoon-fed by the director.’
      • ‘Here, we are talking about recognizing significant ‘clues’ in a musical score and not having to be spoon-fed and guided time after time.’