noun Etymology: 4spit + -oon (as in balloon) Date: 1823 a receptacle for spit — called also cuspidor

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  • Spittoon — Spit*toon , n. A spitbox; a cuspidor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spittoon — (n.) 1823, American English, from SPIT (Cf. spit) (n.1) + OON (Cf. oon). A rare instance of a word formed in English using this suffix (octoroon is another). Replaced earlier spitting box (1680s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spittoon — ► NOUN ▪ a container for spitting into …   English terms dictionary

  • spittoon — ☆ spittoon [spi to͞on′ ] n. [< SPIT2] a jarlike container to spit into; cuspidor …   English World dictionary

  • Spittoon — A Chicago courtroom scene, mid 1910s. A spittoon is seen on the floor at bottom right …   Wikipedia

  • spittoon — UK [spɪˈtuːn] / US [spɪˈtun] noun [countable] Word forms spittoon : singular spittoon plural spittoons a container used in the past for spitting into …   English dictionary

  • spittoon — /spi toohn /, n. a cuspidor. [1815 25, Amer.; SPIT1 + OON] * * * …   Universalium

  • spittoon — noun a) a receptacle for spit. b) the absorbent pad an ink cartridge rests on in an inkjet printer. Syn: cuspidor, spitter …   Wiktionary

  • spittoon — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. cuspidor …   English dictionary for students

  • spittoon — spit|toon [spıˈtu:n] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: spit + oon (as in balloon)] a container that people ↑spit into …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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