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[spuh-get-ee] /spəˈgɛt i/
a white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long strings, boiled, and served with any of a variety of meat, tomato, or other sauces.
Electricity. an insulating tubing of small diameter into which bare wire can be slipped.
1885-90; < Italian, plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago thin rope < Late Latin spacus twine, probably < Greek sphákos long-threaded lichen
Usage note
See zucchini. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spaghetti
  • Whole wheat spaghetti and sauce is a good low-point dinner.
  • Bond spreads can go up, down, sideways or even resemble a bowl of spaghetti.
  • Learn how to make a spaghetti and meatballs costume.
  • Information is to behavioral change as spaghetti is to a brick.
  • Porcini-laced meat sauce and grand meatballs top spaghetti for a crowd.
  • But many highway intersections are spaghetti bowls of ramps that are frequently a cause of high speed collisions and backups.
  • Add the spaghetti to the kettle and let it boil as the sauce is prepared.
  • Both had spaghetti straps, and both had empire waists.
  • Drain the cooked spaghetti and transfer them to the sauté pan.
  • Their leaves flavor everything from meats, soups, and stews to pizza and spaghetti.
British Dictionary definitions for spaghetti


pasta in the form of long strings
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: little cords, from spago a cord
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Word Origin and History for spaghetti

1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for spaghetti



: George is a rookie, but he's got presence of mind, knowing that when they're in a ''spaghetti'' situation, when the receivers are in close, they're going to run crossing routes, like they scored on last week (1990s+ Football)

  1. An Italian or person of Italian descent (1931+)
  2. Fire hose: A foreman will always ''Lay Spaghetti'' when running out the hose (1941+ Firefighters)
  3. Tubular insulation that may be cut and fitted over a wire conductor in radio or other electronic work (1940s+)
  4. An unreadable computer program (1980s+ Computers)

[the taboo sense is semantically similar to Yiddish luksh, ''an Italian,'' fr lukshen, ''noodle'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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