Definition of spittoon in US English:



  • A metal or earthenware pot typically having a funnel-shaped top, used for spitting into.

    • ‘To the immediate left was a long, paneled bar with a rusty foot rail and spittoons lining the bottom.’
    • ‘My onion soup gratinée was thick as lava and arrived in a bowl the size of a small spittoon.’
    • ‘Out went the spittoons and in came the chandeliers.’
    • ‘When he could see again, Jackson spat into the brass spittoon by his side.’
    • ‘He turned his head to the opposite wall and spat a stream of tobacco juice toward a spittoon.’
    • ‘Men and women may be employed to carry spittoons to enable paan chewers to spit in them.’
    • ‘Spitting on the deck might mean carrying a spittoon around; dirty clothing could mean a sailor was condemned to carry it for a certain time lashed to an oar.’
    • ‘People expect spittoons and grotty seating.’
    • ‘Meukow's foul, gilded, sour vanilla, mawkish chocolate and rotting tropical fruit salad-spiked Black Panther bottle was so feral that I only just reached the spittoon in time.’
    • ‘Imagine thinking the lack of a spittoon entitles you to spit on the stairs repeatedly and to be disdainful of the poor old woman who has had to clean it up for being insufficiently happy to see you!’
    • ‘Over a burger the size of Birmingham we get talking to local resident, Gary Fish, who recalls his boyhood at The Sport emptying the cowboy's spittoons for a nickel.’
    • ‘In more elegant surroundings, you spit into a spittoon, usually a simple container like a large bowl (one per taster) or an ice bucket that two or three tasters share.’
    • ‘Littering and spitting are regulated by advising awareness against them and by conveniently yet discreetly located garbage bins and spittoons, efficiently maintained by the civic authorities.’
    • ‘It's the only place in Britain I've ever seen spittoons.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say it had something to do with spittoons, and I failed to enter.’
    • ‘Keyboards are banned as harmful and can be found in museums, next to punch cards and spittoons.’
    • ‘Dinesh Sardar wants waste-bins and spittoons to be set up wherever possible to reduce littering and spitting.’
    • ‘The little man spat and the spittle ran down the side of the spittoon where he'd missed.’
    • ‘In a perfect world, she would then have directed a stream of blackened tobacco spit dead into the centre of a freshly-cleaned spittoon, making a brassy clanging noise.’
    • ‘I can feel a burgeoning market for spittoons just around the corner.’