Simple Definition of cesspool
: an underground hole or container for holding liquid waste (such as sewage) from a building
: a place or situation that is very dirty, evil, or corrupt
Full Definition of cesspool
1 : an underground reservoir for liquid waste (as household sewage)
2 : a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state <a cesspool of corruption>
Examples of cesspool
The region had become a cesspool of pollution.
<over the decades the once-respectable neighborhood had become an urban cesspool>
Origin of cesspool
perhaps by folk etymology from Middle English suspiral vent, tap on a main pipe, settling pool, from Anglo-French suspirale vent, from suspirer to sigh, exhale, from Latin suspirare, literally, to draw a long breath — more at suspire
First Known Use: 1782
Rhymes with cesspool
ampoule, babul, Banjul, befool, Blackpool, B-school, carpool, church school, closestool, curule, dame school, day school, edge tool, Elul, faldstool, flake tool, footstool, gene pool, grade school, hangul, high school, homeschool, Kabul, misrule, Mosul, old school, prep school, preschool, retool, self-rule, step stool, tide pool, toadstool, tomfool, trade school, uncool, unspool, vanpool, whirlpool
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