spit·​toon | \ spi-ˈtün How to pronounce spittoon (audio) , spə- \

Definition of spittoon

: a receptacle for spit

called also cuspidor

Examples of spittoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former Wisconsin Senator Bob La Follette nearly incited a brawl by threatening to chuck a brass spittoon in 1917. CBS News, 30 Jan. 2021 So the spittoon and the handshaking are interesting examples. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 16 Dec. 2020 Long Meadow Ranch hosts a guest chef farm-to-table dinner series, and Colangelo highlights that Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma, Calif., includes a food pairing and customized spittoons with wine tastings. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 10 July 2018 The monogrammed spittoons were said to be solid silver. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2018

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittoon. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of spittoon

: a container that people spit into

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