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spittoon

[spi-toon]
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noun
  1. a cuspidor.
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Origin of spittoon

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; spit1 + -oon
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Examples from the Web for spittoon

Historical Examples

  • The Ranger poured his untasted liquor into the spittoon and settled the bill.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • He now rose and walked over to the spittoon before going on.

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

  • The outgoing tenant had obviously used the hearth as a spittoon.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • A refined sort of spittoon has been introduced, with a high handle.

    Fred Markham in Russia

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • I wish youd take off that apron an bleed into the spittoon, he said as calm as he could.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason


British Dictionary definitions for spittoon

spittoon

noun
  1. a receptacle for spit, usually in a public place
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Word Origin

C19: from spit 1 + -oon: see saloon, balloon, etc
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Word Origin and History for spittoon

n.

1823, American English, from spit (n.1) + -oon. A rare instance of a word formed in English using this suffix (octoroon is another). Replaced earlier spitting box (1680s).

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