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  1. a shafted weapon having a pointed blade with crossbar at its base, used by infantry officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Origin of spontoon

1590–1600; < French esponton < Italian spuntone, equivalent to s- ex-1 + puntone kind of weapon (literally, pointed object) (punt(o) point + -one augmentative suffix)
Also called half-pike.
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Examples from the Web for spontoon

Historical Examples

  • Lady Emily is to be your nurse, and Spontoon and I your attendants.


    Sir Walter Scott

  • We have taken measures to exclude all servants but Spontoon, who is as true as steel.'


    Sir Walter Scott

  • The wolves which had been feasting on these carcasses were very fat, and so gentle that one of them was killed with a spontoon.

  • Spontoon' (to an elderly military-looking servant out of livery),'take away these things, and answer the bell yourself, if I ring.

  • I must send Spontoon to see what she is about; he will find her out among the old regimental connections.

British Dictionary definitions for spontoon


  1. a form of halberd carried by some junior infantry officers in the 18th and 19th centuries

Word Origin

C18: from French esponton, from Italian spuntone, from punto point
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