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spaghetti

[spuh-get-ee] /spəˈgɛt i/
noun
1.
a white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long strings, boiled, and served with any of a variety of meat, tomato, or other sauces.
2.
Electricity. an insulating tubing of small diameter into which bare wire can be slipped.
Origin of spaghetti
1885-1890
1885-90; < Italian, plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago thin rope < Late Latin spacus twine, probably < Greek sphákos long-threaded lichen
Usage note
See zucchini.
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spaghetti

/spəˈɡɛtɪ/
noun
1.
pasta in the form of long strings
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: little cords, from spago a cord
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Word Origin and History for spaghetti
n.

1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spaghetti

spaghetti

modifier

: George is a rookie, but he's got presence of mind, knowing that when they're in a ''spaghetti'' situation, when the receivers are in close, they're going to run crossing routes, like they scored on last week (1990s+ Football)

noun

  1. An Italian or person of Italian descent (1931+)
  2. Fire hose: A foreman will always ''Lay Spaghetti'' when running out the hose (1941+ Firefighters)
  3. Tubular insulation that may be cut and fitted over a wire conductor in radio or other electronic work (1940s+)
  4. An unreadable computer program (1980s+ Computers)

[the taboo sense is semantically similar to Yiddish luksh, ''an Italian,'' fr lukshen, ''noodle'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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