spit·​toon spi-ˈtün How to pronounce spittoon (audio)
: a receptacle for spit

called also cuspidor

Examples of spittoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carrying a spittoon to spit out chicken like a confused cowboy wasn’t going to accomplish either. Andrew Chapman, Longreads, 18 Apr. 2024 White men tipped him with quarters and nickels, dropped into a spittoon. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 There, Henry cleaned toilets and spittoons in exchange for room and board. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 This used to be the billiards room, where my paternal grandfather—Carolina’s great-grandfather—worked. CAROLINA: Racking up balls for white men, cleaning their spittoons. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 For 57 years, the team has treated its host city like a spittoon. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 There could be 18 brass spittoons at one firehouse. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 24 June 2023 The spittoon, also known as the dump bucket, is a great tool for the wine lover who's also a wine pro. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 6 Oct. 2022 Former Wisconsin Senator Bob La Follette nearly incited a brawl by threatening to chuck a brass spittoon in 1917. CBS News, 30 Jan. 2021

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Word History


spit entry 4 + -oon (as in balloon)

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spittoon was in 1823

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Cite this Entry

“Spittoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittoon. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


spit·​toon spi-ˈtün How to pronounce spittoon (audio)
: a container to spit into

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