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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China, which has retaliated against American goods with its own tariffs, may also be turning off the investment spigot as punishment for Mr. Trump’s economic crackdown. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On," 21 July 2019 China, which has retaliated against US goods with its own tariffs, may also be turning off the investment spigot as punishment for Trump’s economic crackdown. Alan Rappeport, BostonGlobe.com, "Chinese money in the US dries up as trade war drags on," 21 July 2019 By 1930, Congress was ready to wrest control of the spigot. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Drinking water About a third of the way into the campground is a spring where clean water streams through a plastic spigot jutting from the base of a cliff. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 Javier Zarracina / Vox After years of only sporadic tech IPOs, the spigot has opened. Rani Molla, Vox, "How the tech unicorns of 2019 are doing on the stock market," 20 June 2019 Cottonwood trees offer shade—a rarity on this hike—and there are plenty of spigots to fill up a water bottle during peak season. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "How to See Grand Canyon National Park (Without a Boat)," 24 May 2018 Auditor General Frank Mautino reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended in December 2015 that filters be put on every water spigot. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ response at Illinois veterans home," 25 Mar. 2019 That application turns on the spigot for federal aid... Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Many Needy Students File Federal Financial Aid Form Too Late, Analysis Finds," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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