Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A faucet. See Regional Note at andiron.
  • n. A wooden faucet placed in the bunghole of a cask.
  • n. The vent plug of a cask.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask
  • n. The plug of a faucet or cock.
  • n. A faucet. (Appalachian)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; also, the plug of a faucet or cock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small peg or plug designed to be driven into a gimlet-hole in a cask through which, when open, the contained liquor is drawn off; hence, by extension, any plug fitting into a faucet used for drawing off liquor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir
  • n. a plug for a bunghole in a cask

Etymologies

Middle English, perhaps from Old French *espigot, diminutive of Old Provençal espiga, ear of grain, from Latin spīca.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • See this map -- spigot is currently winning the popularity contest against spicket.

    April 11, 2008

  • Hmm. Me too, but I liked it. :-)

    February 21, 2007

  • Growing up, I always heard this pronounced as "spicket." I hate that.

    February 21, 2007