[ spahyl ]
/ spaɪl /


verb (used with object), spiled, spil·ing.

Nearby words

  1. spikedace,
  2. spikelet,
  3. spikenard,
  4. spiker,
  5. spiky,
  6. spiling,
  7. spill,
  8. spill over,
  9. spill the beans,
  10. spillage

Origin of spile

1505–15; < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German spile splinter, peg; cognate with German Speil


[ spahyl ]
/ spaɪl /

verb (used with or without object), spiled, spil·ing, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for spile


/ (spaɪl) /


a heavy timber stake or pile
US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
a plug or spigot

verb (tr)

to provide or support with a spile
US to tap (a tree) with a spile
Northern English dialect a splinter

Word Origin for spile

C16: probably from Middle Dutch spile peg; related to Icelandic spila skewer, Latin spīna thorn

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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).

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