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[spahyl] /spaɪl/
a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
a heavy wooden stake or pile.
Mining. forepole.
verb (used with object), spiled, spiling.
to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
to tap by means of a spile.
to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.
Origin of spile1
1505-15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil


[spahyl] /spaɪl/ Dialect
verb (used with or without object), spiled, spiling, noun
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Examples from the Web for spile
Historical Examples
  • I heard him growl out, "That there muff's enough to spile one's taste for a fortnit."

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • Wasn't the children of Israel commanded to spile the Egyptians?

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • They'd spile pretty near an acre fallin' in some o' them spring gales.

    The Life of Nancy Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Then, after thought: "But you got to go some to spile bad eggs."

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • An' don't you spile it in the cooking or I'll use the gad on you; an' if you holler or cut that cord I'll kill ye.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Hit him somewheres in the hand; spile his dealin' fo' a while.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • "Don' spile my gaze when dat gal's showing up lak she is," said another.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • "That's right, gentlemen; I don't want to spile sport," said the donkey's man.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • It'd be a sin an' a shame to spile Christian vittels in them times, an' I won't do it.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • I allers said he'd make a spoon or spile a horn, an' I do b'lieve it's the spoon.

British Dictionary definitions for spile


a heavy timber stake or pile
(US & Canadian) a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
a plug or spigot
verb (transitive)
to provide or support with a spile
(US) to tap (a tree) with a spile
(Northern English, dialect) a splinter
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spile

tap or spout for drawing maple sugar, 1844, from Northern English dialect spile "splinter" (1510s), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile "splinter, skewer, bar, spindle," perhaps related to spike (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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