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)

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Synonyms for spigot


cock, faucet, gate, stopcock, tap, valve

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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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Much of what happens next depends on how Beijing responds: whether authorities maintain their deleveraging campaign, or open the spigots for a broad stimulus. Mike Bird, WSJ, "How China’s Growth Slowdown Could Rattle Stocks Around the World," 21 Jan. 2019 There are few portable toilets and urinals, and just one set of spigots where migrants wash clothes. Washington Post, "French government orders evacuation of Paris migrant camps," 23 May 2018 In the late 1970s, when Donald Trump was converting the old Commodore Hotel into a Grand Hyatt, his father stepped up with a spigot of loans. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Who needs relatives that turn off and on like spigots? Philip Galanes, New York Times, "Must I Visit My Dying and Dangerously Facebook-Active Uncle?," 29 Mar. 2018 Despite those actions, his court case kept the campaign spigot flowing. chicagotribune.com, "Cook County tax officials take excess campaign donations from appeals firms, ethics panel says," 13 Apr. 2018 For instance: Could the new state of Northern California, blessed with ample water and the mechanism for delivering it as far away as San Diego, decide to shut off the spigot? Dale Kasler, sacbee, "This one issue could make splitting California into three states virtually impossible," 25 June 2018 Saudi Arabia increased production by 430,000 barrels a day in June, the IEA said, confirming the Kingdom had reopened the spigots even before OPEC agreed to do so. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "IEA Warns Outages May Stretch Oil-Output Cushion to the Limit," 12 July 2018 Unlike the Aquatainer, the Silo doesn’t lock in the open-spigot position, which means no hands-free dishwashing. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti's Silo 6G Reinvents the Water Cooler," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of spigot

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

History and Etymology for spigot

Middle English

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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

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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