spig·​ot ˈspi-gət How to pronounce spigot (audio)
: the plug of a faucet or cock
: faucet
: something resembling a spigot especially in regulating availability or flow (as of money)

Examples of spigot in a Sentence

the spigot on a beer keg Hook the hose up to the spigot behind the house.
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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Spigot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spigot. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


spig·​ot ˈspig-ət How to pronounce spigot (audio)
: a plug used to stop the vent in a barrel
: faucet

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