spig·​ot | \ ˈspi-gət How to pronounce spigot (audio) , -kət \

Definition of spigot

b : the plug of a faucet or cock
c : faucet
2 : something resembling a spigot especially in regulating availability or flow (as of money)

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for spigot


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of spigot in a Sentence

the spigot on a beer keg Hook the hose up to the spigot behind the house.
Recent Examples on the Web All that wealth is used to fund myriad other ventures—including cutting-edge research into AI and clean energy—that might wither away if the advertising spigot were turned off. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Ad Tech Could Be the Next Internet Bubble," 5 Oct. 2020 Trump has effectively managed to turn off the regulatory spigot, such that the flow of new regulations has slowed from a geyser to a drip. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 14," 18 Sep. 2020 Unlike Ivan, which marched rather promptly on its way out of the city that Thursday in ’04, Sally lingered on Wednesday, plodding forward at only 2 or 3 mph, and never turning off its spigot. al, "Exactly 16 years later, Sally soggily follows in Ivan’s pounding footsteps," 18 Sep. 2020 The house relied on solar panels and, like over 40% of the Navajo Nation homes in San Juan County, required water to be hauled in from a public spigot, factors that required extra precautions when transitioning between the clinic and home life. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The coronavirus has brought challenges to Utah’s rural Navajo Nation clinics, but also innovations," 13 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, our economy faces three major hurdles in getting the employment spigot to pour forth rather than trickle. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "A fuller picture is emerging about what jobs will—and won’t—be coming back after coronavirus," 11 Aug. 2020 Kool Ties are full of polymer crystals that absorb a lot of water, so one dip in a sink or under a hose spigot lasts for many hours. Matt Jancer, Wired, "How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning," 9 Aug. 2020 Streets were unpaved, and in many yards, the only source of water was a single spigot. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Suffragist With a Passion for Saving Charleston’s Historic Architecture," 23 Mar. 2020 The colossal impact of the coronavirus is motivating the speed, opening a spigot of funding and inspiring research teams around the world to join the hunt. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "‘A huge experiment’: How the world made so much progress on a Covid-19 vaccine so fast," 30 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'spigot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of spigot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spigot

Middle English

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spigot

Time Traveler for spigot

Time Traveler

The first known use of spigot was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for spigot

Last Updated

9 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spigot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spigot. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spigot


How to pronounce spigot (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spigot

: a device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container


spig·​ot | \ ˈspi-gət How to pronounce spigot (audio) , -kət \

Kids Definition of spigot

1 : a plug used to stop the vent in a barrel
2 : faucet

More from Merriam-Webster on spigot

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for spigot

Nglish: Translation of spigot for Spanish Speakers

Comments on spigot

What made you want to look up spigot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!