spittoon

noun
spit·​toon | \spi-ˈtün, spə-\

Definition of spittoon 

: a receptacle for spit

called also cuspidor

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Complete game shutouts have gone the way of flannel uniforms and spittoons, the sport transforming at its most rapid pace since the live-ball era began nearly a century ago. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Aces out: Sale, Kershaw chased early in Series opener," 23 Oct. 2018 Cixi, a peer of Queen Victoria’s and apparently iron-willed, has invited revisionist interpretations that view her as a feminist, at least in the context of the late 19th century, when women in China were treated little better than spittoons. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 The monogrammed spittoons were said to be solid silver. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The short, sad story of Cafe de Champion — Jack Johnson's mixed-race nightclub on Chicago's South Side," 25 May 2018 Jack Johnson threw open the doors himself on that hot July evening in 1912 (the Tribune ooohed and aaahed at the new electric fans) and the party didn’t stop until the police showed up, at which point the silver spittoons were quickly stashed. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The short, sad story of Cafe de Champion — Jack Johnson's mixed-race nightclub on Chicago's South Side," 25 May 2018 A few minutes later, a relatively traditional Bloody was poured over many tiny ice marbles inside the bowl of what looked like a small spittoon. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Grant Achatz, Science-Minded Chef, Turns to Cloning," 6 Feb. 2018 Around the spittoon’s broad brim were arranged five garnishes, or side dishes, or condiments, including chopped razor clam with celery sorbet and a little pillbox of horseradish jelly. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Grant Achatz, Science-Minded Chef, Turns to Cloning," 6 Feb. 2018 The shop would also have spittoons for the many customers who chewed tobacco. Brian Early, The Seattle Times, "Barbershops see success in New Hampshire," 26 Dec. 2017 There is no formal model for this—does one need a spittoon? Vogue, "Exploring the Wild World of Milk Alternatives," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of spittoon

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spittoon

spit entry 4 + -oon (as in balloon)

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spittoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spittoon

: a container that people spit into

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