[spig-uh t]
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  1. a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask.
  2. a peg or plug for stopping the passage of liquid in a faucet or cock.
  3. a faucet or cock for controlling the flow of liquid from a pipe or the like.
  4. the end of a pipe that enters the enlarged end of another pipe to form a joint.

Origin of spigot

1350–1400; Middle English spigot, perhaps < Old French *espigot < Old Provençal espig(a) (< Latin spīca ear of grain; see spica) + Old French -ot diminutive suffix

Regional variation note

3. See faucet.
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Related Words for spigot

nozzle, valve, plug, vent, stopper, tap, spout, outlet, spile, stopple

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British Dictionary definitions for spigot


  1. a stopper for the vent hole of a cask
  2. a tap, usually of wood, fitted to a cask
  3. a US name for tap 2 (def. 1)
  4. 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 for spigot

C14: probably from Old Provençal espiga a head of grain, from Latin spīca a point
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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.

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