Meaning of wooden spoon in English:

wooden spoon

noun

British
  • An imaginary prize said to be awarded to the person who is last in a race or other competition.

    ‘they finished with the wooden spoon after losing a penalty shoot-out’
    • ‘Graham and the team have now been presented with a wooden spoon booby prize for their efforts.’
    • ‘The ceremony is also to include the award of a wooden spoon for the worst performer in the parliament.’
    • ‘It's one thing beating Italy and Scotland, who are competing for the wooden spoon.’
    • ‘None of them topped any of our tables, nor did any finish consistently well, with the silvers, bronzes and wooden spoons shared out fairly evenly.’
    • ‘If York win at the Thunderdome, Gateshead will remain bottom of the NFP and face a huge task to avoid the wooden spoon.’
    • ‘Before the season started the Scots fans were probably eyeing Rome as a wooden spoon decider and so it was, but not for Scotland.’
    • ‘For Scotland, avoiding the wooden spoon has been achieved already, and winning the title is impossible.’
    • ‘Yorkshire will be keen to avoid the wooden spoon and victory in Whitehaven would see them finish as runners-up.’
    • ‘Until then, they will need every last scrap if they are to hamper Ireland in Rome on Sunday and avoid the wooden spoon.’
    • ‘The last two Grand Slams were followed by a wooden spoon and that outcome is not entirely out the question this year.’
    • ‘A finish anywhere above the wooden spoon position, he believes, would be a decent start.’
    • ‘Keith Wood joked after the match that it was nice to see someone else picking up the wooden spoon for a change.’
    • ‘After all, last year was a true wooden spoon with losses all the way, so this is a good guide to see how far we have come.’
    • ‘The performance of both sides was very much that of two teams desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.’
    • ‘At the end, a grinning Italian fan had presented Kirwan with a battered wooden spoon.’
    • ‘These are then followed by a wooden spoon final, a third and fourth place off and the grand final.’
    • ‘We need to win it to avoid a wooden spoon and to rescue our season, they need to win it to win a Grand Slam.’
    • ‘They were the favourites for the wooden spoon before the season started but they've recorded two wins from their first four games.’
    • ‘Everyone is waiting for them to meet head-to-head to sort out whose name gets inscribed on the wooden spoon.’
    • ‘If Casino want to avoid the wooden spoon they will need to pick up some additional players to strengthen their list.’

Origin

Aspoon made of wood was formerly given to the candidate coming last in the Cambridge mathematical tripos.

Pronunciation

wooden spoon