- a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
- a peg or plug for stopping the passage of liquid in a faucet or cock.
- a faucet or cock for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like.
- the end of a pipe that enters the enlarged end of another pipe to form a joint.
Origin of spigot
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for spigot
Represents a longitudinal section of a Spigot and Faucet Pipe.A Practical Treatise on Gas-light
He had corked three, but Jawleyford re-corked them, and Spigot was now reproducing them to our friends.
Spigot, at this moment entering to announce tea and coffee, was interrupted in his oration by Sponge demanding some brandy.
Spigot at last put an end to their efforts by announcing that 'tea and coffee were ready!'
- a stopper for the vent hole of a cask
- a tap, usually of wood, fitted to a cask
- a US name for tap 2 (def. 1)
- a short cylindrical projection on one component designed to fit into a hole on another, esp the male part of a joint (spigot and socket joint) between two pipes
Word Origin and History for spigot
late 14c., "plug used to stop the hole of a cask," probably from Old French *espigot (cf. Gascony dialect espigot "core of a fruit, small ear of grain"), diminutive of Old Provençal espiga "ear of grain," from Latin spica "ear of grain" (see spike (n.2)). Meaning "valve for controlling the flow of a liquid" is from 1520s.