spittoon

noun
spit·toon | \spi-ˈtün, spə-\

Definition of spittoon 

: a receptacle for spit

called also cuspidor

Examples of spittoon in a Sentence

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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 His mother took in laundry, and Mr. Schmitt worked shining shoes and cleaning spittoons at his brother-in-law’s barbershop. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Joseph W. Schmitt, spacesuit technician who made astronauts shine, dies at 101," 14 Oct. 2017 The man so loved his chaw that congressional pages ran fresh spittoons to his desk in relays. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "If You're a Federal Employee and Congress Doesn't Like You, They Can Slash Your Pay to a Dollar," 6 Jan. 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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