spontoon

[ spon-toon ]
/ spɒnˈtun /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. spontaneous mutation,
  2. spontaneous pneumothorax,
  3. spontaneous recovery,
  4. spontaneous version,
  5. spontaneously,
  6. spoof,
  7. spoofery,
  8. spoofing,
  9. spook,
  10. spooky

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.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for spontoon


British Dictionary definitions for spontoon

spontoon

/ (spɒnˈtuːn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for spontoon

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012