Definition of spigot in English:



  • 1A small peg or plug, especially for insertion into the vent of a cask.

    • ‘His invention serves a variety of uses, one of which is as a self-boring barrel spigot.’
    • ‘This article discusses twenty-four inventions for self-boring barrel spigots that I found in the U.S. Patent and Trade Office patent database.’
    • ‘I have located two additional self-boring barrel spigots since my article was published in September 2001.’
    • ‘Finally, I found some hand-blown bubbled-glass feeders from Mexico, with elegant red glass flowers as the spigots for the hummers' beaks.’
    • ‘You see, there is more to a pub or a bar than what is poured out of a bottle or a beer spigot.’
    • ‘In most of the designs, the tool is rotated to cut the hole and insert the spigot into the barrel in a single operation.’
    • ‘The spigot stem had an annular cutting edge to cut a cylindrical plug out of the bung or stopper by twisting the spigot.’
    • ‘When a doctor suggests implanting a ‘shunt’ to ease future operations, the patient is reluctant to have a spigot installed in his head.’
    • ‘Each household is encouraged to use a new redesigned clay water pot with a narrow opening, lid and spigot that reduce the risk of recontamination.’
    stopper, stop, plug, bung, peg, spigot, spile, seal
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  • 2US A tap.

    • ‘Open the spigot and run water through the gravel.’
    • ‘A triangular flange was cast integral with and at the end of the spigot where the spout turned downward.’
    • ‘She needed the odd household item as well: vacuum cleaner filters, weather stripping, caulk, some additional insulation for the outside spigots, and that sort of thing.’
    • ‘They're not sure today's bout of investor angst warrants an opening of the monetary spigots.’
    • ‘The beer spigots are turned off and the party's over.’
    • ‘Now that prices are kicking booty, let's crank open the oil spigots and make up for lost time!’
    • ‘The Saudis are building cash reserves in case they find it necessary to open up the spigots and drive prices down, to teach not only Russia, but possibly also Iraq, a lesson.’
    • ‘To remove the washer, unplug the machine, turn off both water faucets and disconnect the water hoses from the faucets / spigots.’
    • ‘I have water spigots on the side of my house - I don't expect that just because they are not locked shut that people should be able to come up and use whatever they want.’
    • ‘To add flair, a wall-mounted spigot was set in a rectangular mirror flanked by halogen sconces.’
    • ‘He eliminated the traditional valve on the spigot and instead used a sliding bit as the gate.’
    • ‘When the party's over, the vessels revert to soaking tubs (supplied by hot- and cold-water spigots nearby).’
    • ‘‘Thanks, dad,’ he said as the spigot soaked him wet.’
    • ‘Turn off the water to the spigot - there must be a valve inside somewhere - and convince the neighbors that the dumpster area must be locked.’
    • ‘But it turned off one of the two traditional spigots for subsidies to finance research.’
    • ‘The spigot has a cast brass spout, ceramic-disk cartridges, and coded red-blue lever handles.’
    • ‘The chorus calling for the Fed to open its money spigots further has become deafening.’
    • ‘The urinals were large basins with no privacy; and the shower was a large hole in the wall with four community spigots.’
    • ‘Silver spigots sprouting out of the walls at even intervals.’
    • ‘When I close the spigot and turn it back on, everything's OK, until the spigot remains closed for several hours.’
    valve, spout, stopcock, cock, spile
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    1. 2.1A device for controlling the flow of liquid in a tap.
      • ‘Remove the faucet handles, escutcheons, shower heads, and spigots.’
      • ‘The liquid entrance to the spigot is placed well back on the shaft.’
      • ‘Finally, most of the water is stripped off the surface when the thread leaves the exit spigot, helping the spider to avoid water loss and making its thread even tougher.’
      • ‘Better-engineered spigots prevent air from entering the bag when you fill your glass - the bag deflates like a balloon - so the wine stays fresh.’
  • 3The plain end of a section of a pipe fitting into the socket of the next one.

    • ‘He ran a 1/2-inch-diameter feeder line from a spigot outside his house to the closest gutter downspout.’
    • ‘I have done some plumbing, replacing outdoor spigots and sweating them back together.’
    • ‘Hank had hooked up some hoses together using a spigot on the far side of the barn.’
    • ‘But in colder parts of the country, unless you have frost-proof spigots, you'll still need to drain the pipes to prevent them from freezing over the winter.’


Middle English: perhaps an alteration of Provençal espigou(n), from Latin spiculum, diminutive of spicum, variant of spica (see spica).