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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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 They still aren't convinced the city has secured enough water to keep showers and spigots flowing as California contends with increasing uncertainty about rain and snowfall. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 The spigot was on a wall next to a drink refill station, according to the lawsuit. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Lawsuit: First Watch employee put degreaser in pregnant woman's drink," 14 June 2018 The kind Heather uses is a non-electric attachment, which can take the form of either larger sprayers that resemble a detachable shower head next to the toilet or small spigots that sits between your toilet seat and toilet bowl. Marci Robin, Allure, "Why Bidets Are the Only Bathroom Accessory With a Diehard Fanbase," 1 June 2018 Next to an outdoor spigot, an olive tree is draped with drying baby clothes. John Wendle, Scientific American, "The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," 17 Dec. 2015

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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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