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A bowl-shaped, usually metal vessel, often with a funnel-shaped cover, into which tobacco chewers periodically spit.

[spit + -oon (as in balloon).]


a receptacle for spit, usually in a public place
[C19: from spit1 + -oon: see saloon, balloon, etc]



a cuspidor.
[1815–25, Amer.]
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Noun1.spittoon - a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)spittoon - a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in
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IT'S not too often there's a spitoon in the middle of the Mirror newsroom, then again it's unusual to have John Torode there too.
The cramped quarters of the cross-Channel steamer, where mistress and maid are sick by turn in the same spitoon, and French danseuses mingle with innocent girls sent out to train as governesses, launch that disconcerting process by which English class- and gender-markers start to dissolve, and by the time the English reach Boulogne, en route for Paris, their uncertainty drives them to steer clear of French food, drink, and politics and take lodgings within the safety of the British colony.
Liverpool have a fine and deserved name in football which is in danger of being tarnished by a man who needs a spitoon rather than a football.
When I was a trainee I missed the spitoon and ended up soaking the senior taster's trousers.
At the end of an hour being driven through what felt like a crowded speedway track we were considering opening a spitoon factory.
Civil) office building and cleaning of Lavotory Block attached with Power House 2/3 and main building and cleaning of spitoons placed at various location of P.