Definition of monkey spoon in English:

monkey spoon

Pronunciation /ˈmʌŋkɪ spuːn/


  • A type of decorative silver ladle made to commemorate a wedding, christening, or funeral among people of Dutch origin living in the Hudson River area of the United States.

    Such spoons usually had a hooked stem with a front boss, and a relief image on the surface of the bowl appropriate to the occasion being celebrated.


Mid 19th century. From monkey + spoon.