American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spittoon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spittoon.
- n. US spittoon
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any ornamental vessel used as a spittoon; hence, to avoid the common term, a spittoon of any sort.
- n. a receptacle for spit (usually in a public place)
- From Portuguese cuspidor ("spitter"). (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese, from cuspir, to spit, from Latin cōnspuere, to spit upon : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + spuere, to spit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Why do they call themselves by the graceful name of "cuspidor" -- suggestive of castanets and Andalusian wiles?”
“He spits out the coffee into a large brass cuspidor which is designed for the purpose.”
“The house had a stereo with speakers the size of filing cabinets, a beer-filled refrigerator, and a brass cuspidor heaped with sinsemilla.”
“Other sites include Word Spy, which is great and which a bunch of Wordie commenters have linked to, and My Favorite Word, which claims that Joyce's favorite word was "cuspidor." read more | digg story”
“Pergunta nº1: porque é que eu, ateu descrente, cuspidor em padrecos e pontapeador de bíblias, caio nestas tretas?”
“Ben shifted slightly and used a foot pedal to open a bronze cuspidor shaped like a turtle.”
“It was an ordinary outer office of the golden-oak variety, with a railing of spindles separating a telephone switchboard and two typewriter desks from two public settles and a brass cuspidor.”
“The bed was rickety, with a thin knotty mattress; the sand-colored walls were scratched and gouged; in every corner, under everything, were fluffy dust and cigar ashes; on the tilted wash-stand was a nicked and squatty pitcher; the only chair was a grim straight object of spotty varnish; but there was an altogether splendid gilt and rose cuspidor.”
“Quote from 1909 article: … the famous cuspidor curver … He broke the spitball in and out.”
“Then filling first a cup with tepid water, she brought a large cuspidor for Pao-yü to wash his mouth.”
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