Definition of cuspidor in English:



  • A spittoon.

    • ‘Therefore, litterbugs and those accustomed to spitting on the pavement no longer dare to give free rein to their impulses or else they'd better take along with them a waste-paper basket or a cuspidor whenever they opt for a stroll.’
    • ‘Before leaving the ward he picked up the cuspidor from a cabinet at the head of the bed, opened the lid and observed frothy white spittle that lacked any distinctive odor.’
    • ‘He'd be awfully sorry after he accidentally walloped her on the head with a cuspidor, but she'd still have the aching noggin.’
    • ‘Four brass cuspidors were positioned at the base of each beam, and at a safe distance from the breaking end of the table was a wood stove that glowed red hot at times in the winter.’


Mid 18th century: from Portuguese, spitter, from cuspir to spit, from Latin conspuere.