- 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
Also called half-pike.
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Examples from the Web for spontoon
Lady Emily is to be your nurse, and Spontoon and I your attendants.
We have taken measures to exclude all servants but Spontoon, who is as true as steel.'
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.
- a form of halberd carried by some junior infantry officers in the 18th and 19th centuries
C18: from French esponton, from Italian spuntone, from punto point
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