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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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 In the Napa Tech machines, a bottle of wine rests behind a pane of glass, hooked up to a pouring spigot. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Sep. 2021 The cutoff marks the end of a colossal spigot of stimulus funds. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021 The Biden administration — smarting from rising gas prices that have risen to $3.17 nationally — had urged OPEC+ to open the spigot more. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 For now, most places are trying to stave off the worst of the drought through conservation instead of shutting off the spigot of growth. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 If the lake, currently at 1,068 feet, drops 28 more feet by next year, the spigot of water to California will start to tighten in 2023. Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2021 Cutting off the unemployment spigot might not lead to a huge uptick in new hires, Luhby writes. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 But bankers say the activity in recent months is evidence that businesses are planning to turn on the spending spigot. David Benoit, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2021 The cutoff marks the end of a colossal spigot of stimulus funds. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 6 Sep. 2021

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

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spigot-and-faucet joint

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10 Oct 2021

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“Spigot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spigot. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spigot

: a device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container
: faucet especially : an outdoor faucet


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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