cuspidor

[kuhs-pi-dawr]
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noun

a large bowl, often of metal, serving as a receptacle for spit, especially from chewing tobacco: in wide use during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. cusped,
  2. cuspid,
  3. cuspidal,
  4. cuspidate,
  5. cuspidation,
  6. cuss,
  7. cussed,
  8. cussedly,
  9. cussword,
  10. custard

Origin of cuspidor

1770–80; < Portuguese: literally, spitter, equivalent to cusp(ir) to spit (≪ Latin conspuere to cover with spit; con- con- + spuere to spit1) + -idor < Latin -i-tōrium; see -i-, -tory2

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British Dictionary definitions for cuspidor

cuspidor

noun

another word (esp US) for spittoon

Word Origin for cuspidor

C18: from Portuguese, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere, from spuere to spit

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Word Origin and History for cuspidor

cuspidor

n.

1779, a colonial word, from Portuguese cuspidor "spittoon," from cuspir "to spit," from Latin conspuere "spit on," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + spuere "to spit" (see spew).

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