spig·​ot | \ˈspi-gət, -kət\

Definition of spigot 

1a : spile sense 2

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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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 While China’s economy is more than big enough to absorb the blows, Beijing could be forced to reopen the lending spigots if the threats devolve into an all-out trade war. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Moves to Shore Up Economy as Slowdown and Trade Fight Loom," 24 June 2018 In other parts of the barn, officers report finding several bags of food and a water spigot which would have reached each stall. Indianapolis Star, "Bloomington man charged after two horses are found dead and third ‘severely emaciated’," 18 June 2018 There is a six-burner propane Viking stove with a separate burner underneath a water spigot for filling large pots of water, and a large overhead hood. Karen A. Avitabile, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 112 Stoner Drive, West Hartford," 1 Feb. 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

; especially : an outdoor faucet


spig·​ot | \ˈspi-gət, -kət\

Kids Definition of spigot

1 : a plug used to stop the vent in a barrel

2 : faucet

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