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  1. a peg or plug of wood, especially one used as a spigot.
  2. a spout for conducting sap from the sugar maple.
  3. a heavy wooden stake or pile.
  4. Mining. forepole.
verb (used with object), spiled, spil·ing.
  1. to stop up (a hole) with a spile or peg.
  2. to furnish with a spigot or spout, as for drawing off a liquid.
  3. to tap by means of a spile.
  4. to furnish, strengthen, or support with spiles or piles.

Origin of spile

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


verb (used with or without object), spiled, spil·ing, noun
  1. spoil.
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Related Words for spile

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

Examples from the Web for spile

Historical Examples of spile

  • Wasn't the children of Israel commanded to spile the Egyptians?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Then, after thought: "But you got to go some to spile bad eggs."

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • "I don't want to spile your evening," he says, very perlite.

  • Hit him somewheres in the hand; spile his dealin' fo' a while.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • You just use as many on 'em as you've a mind; and all you spile I'll fetch you again from hum.

British Dictionary definitions for spile


  1. a heavy timber stake or pile
  2. US and Canadian a spout for tapping sap from the sugar maple tree
  3. a plug or spigot
verb (tr)
  1. to provide or support with a spile
  2. US to tap (a tree) with a spile
  3. 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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