Definition of spigot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspiɡət/


1A small peg or plug, especially for insertion into the vent of a cask.
Example sentences
  • The spigot stem had an annular cutting edge to cut a cylindrical plug out of the bung or stopper by twisting the spigot.
  • In most of the designs, the tool is rotated to cut the hole and insert the spigot into the barrel in a single operation.
  • When a doctor suggests implanting a ‘shunt’ to ease future operations, the patient is reluctant to have a spigot installed in his head.
2US A faucet.
Example sentences
  • And how confident are you that at this point that spigot, as you have characterized it, has been shut off?
  • The cart, disguised as a kerosene peddler's wagon, was suspicious because it had no spigot to dispense fuel.
  • The government could certainly go to employers and enact stiff penalties and cut that spigot off.
2.1A device for controlling the flow of liquid in a faucet.
Example sentences
  • The liquid entrance to the spigot is placed well back on the shaft.
  • Finally, most of the water is stripped off the surface when the thread leaves the exit spigot, helping the spider to avoid water loss and making its thread even tougher.
  • Better-engineered spigots prevent air from entering the bag when you fill your glass - the bag deflates like a balloon - so the wine stays fresh.
3The plain end of a section of a pipe fitting into the socket of the next one.
Example sentences
  • I have done some plumbing, replacing outdoor spigots and sweating them back together.
  • Hank had hooked up some hoses together using a spigot on the far side of the barn.
  • But in colder parts of the country, unless you have frost-proof spigots, you'll still need to drain the pipes to prevent them from freezing over the winter.


Middle English: perhaps an alteration of Provençal espigou(n), from Latin spiculum, diminutive of spicum, variant of spica (see spica).

Words that rhyme with spigot

bigot, gigot, Piggott

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Syllabification: spig·ot

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