spittoon

[ spi-toon ]
/ spɪˈtun /
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noun

a cuspidor.

Nearby words

  1. spitting image,
  2. spitting snake,
  3. spittle,
  4. spittle insect,
  5. spittlebug,
  6. spitz,
  7. spitz, mark andrew,
  8. spitzbergen,
  9. spitzenburg,
  10. spiv

Origin of spittoon

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; spit1 + -oon

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British Dictionary definitions for spittoon

spittoon

/ (spɪˈtuːn) /

noun

a receptacle for spit, usually in a public place

Word Origin for spittoon

C19: from spit 1 + -oon: see saloon, balloon, etc

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Word Origin and History for spittoon

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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