What's the word when some one uses a spoon to scoop a jam and lick it and then gives the same spoon to you. I would like to know another word apart from "used" or "spoiled" as in my culture there is a specific word for it because it should be differentiated from a new spoon purchase become used spoon after its usage but here it is more impure per se.


"I don't want your second-hand spoon" would fit, in British English we would be less direct and ask for "a clean spoon please"

There is no specific word in English for spoon-that-has-been-licked-and-is-now-being-passed-to-another; and we are all the poorer because of it.


Unhygienic is probably the adjective you are looking for

Not clean or sanitary.
‘Well, 99% of this street food is made and served in the most unhygienic and filthy conditions.’

Alternatively, the following is commonly heard in similar scenarios

Eww! (or) Gross! That spoon has your germs all over it

Which is used figuratively and literally.

From Google Books

“That's your spoon!” Karen cried. “It's been in your mouth and has your germs on it.”

And there's also its adjective form

Carrying germs; contaminated or infected.
‘buttons of elevators are extremely germy’

Oxford Dictionaries

UPDATE 18 December 2017

The OP asks in the comments

How about "defiled"?

If they want the direct translation from their mother tongue into English, it should be said from the beginning. The verb defile has religious and moral overtones, it means to make something unclean (often in the holy sense), and signifies that something that was once pure is now "ruined" or "unfit". Oxford Dictionaries provides this example sentence:

‘He was shown tending the pigs, working with a basket and broom, cremating corpses for a fee, and finally breaking down when his wife would not let him touch her for fear of being defiled.’

In the western world, dirty cutlery, or cutlery that has been used by somebody else and not cleaned, has not been "defiled", it is just "dirty". The "dirt" could be someone's saliva or food. A fork that has been dipped into food but not licked clean is "soiled" or "dirty". A knife that has been used to cut raw meat and left unwashed for a day is a health hazard and can be described as being unhygienic. One thing is for certain, that knife will be covered by a multitude of germs.

P.S The OP should use the @ character followed by the username if they wish to communicate directly with a user.

  • +1 for defiled...unless it was coming from my dear husband, I would definitely think of the spoon as defiled! :-D – Kristina Lopez Dec 18 '17 at 23:15

Contaminated by saliva, Invisibly contaminated, Booby trapped, Salivated upon, Slobbered on (or slobbered over), Previously sucked, Previously used, Secretly used, Sucked on, Grungy, Festering


The spoon was soiled.

soil (2) verb 1 Make dirty. ‘he might soil his expensive suit’ - ODO

Here's an example of this usage in print:

  • "Soiled" is more often used for visible dirt; here the action of removing the food by licking has left invisible germs but removed the visible mess. – Chris H Dec 14 '17 at 13:16
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    A soiled spoon still refers to food that has stuck on a spoon, not someone's saliva, but good try nevertheless :) – Mari-Lou A Dec 14 '17 at 13:16
  • @Mari-LouA Oops, thanks for your note. That example was poorly chosen. I’ve updated the example to something better. – Lawrence Dec 14 '17 at 13:16

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