Definition of spittoon
: a receptacle for spit —called also cuspidor
Recent Examples of spittoon from the Web
This guided history tour of the cemetery and its world famous gardens focuses on Sacramento’s tobacco ties – including a spittoon convention.
Even that viscous wine (said to be fermented in a spittoon) went down more easily than this sudden insight into the way things are.
That same person got a job at the VA cleaning out the spittoons and beds in the tuberculosis ward and then came to Miami and started working as a door-to-door salesman.
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Origin and Etymology of spittoon
4spit + -oon (as in balloon)
First Known Use: 1823See Words from the same year
SPITTOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spittoon for English Language Learners
: a container that people spit into
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