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)

Example Sentences

the spigot on a beer keg Hook the hose up to the spigot behind the house.
Recent Examples on the Web Even a whiff of corruption could be enough to slow what has been essentially an open spigot of arms, and billions more in humanitarian support and financial aid. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2023 Without the ability to turn a faucet or spigot and get clean, safe water. Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2023 The pressure on banks, asset managers, and insurance companies will increase precisely because the Court has wrenched shut this other spigot. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 30 June 2022 The Panthers were fun to watch during the regular season, but the trapping Capitals showed how to shut off that free-flowing offensive spigot. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2022 Bed linens and pillows are provided, along with a metal bucket to collect warm water from a spigot attached to the dining building. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2022 The strategy had one big flaw: If the price of FTT crashed, Alameda’s money spigot would dry up. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2022 Qatar and the other Gulf states want to diversify their economies to survive the day the spigot of their oil-and-gas wealth runs dry. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 These timers can either come as a controller that needs to be hardwired to your sprinkler system, or more straightforward models that screw directly into your garden hose spigot. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2022 See More

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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 31 Jan. 2023.

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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