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A spaghetto.

Borrowed from Italian spaghetto; see further at spaghetti.


spaghetto (plural spaghetti)

  1. (rare, prescriptive) A single strand of spaghetti.
    • 2000, Henry Alford, Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle, Broadway Books, published 2001, →ISBN, page 65:
      My first class consisted of twenty-six dancers; at least a third of these appeared to be tiny Asian women, each with a waist the approximate width of a spaghetto.
    • 2004 September 7, D. L. Stewart, “Cyclone Salad Set To Hit School Cafeterias”, in Dayton Daily News:
      With his thumb and forefinger he lifted one spaghetto at a time and dunked it into the bowl of sauce before eating it.
    • 2010, Rita Golden Gelman, Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, Three Rivers Press, published 2010, →ISBN, page 289:
      Not once was I allowed to help make dinner, slice a tomato, boil a spaghetto (one piece of spaghetti), or wash a dish.
    • 2010, Michele Sequeira, Michael Westphal, Cell Phone Science: What Happens When You Call and Why, Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico Press, →ISBN:
      A typical spaghetto is linear. If each strand is covered in a sauce with lots of olive oil, it can slide over others. If you then tried to pick up the spaghetti with your fingers, you would only get the few strands you actually held and the rest would slip back onto the plate.




From spago +‎ -etto (meliorative suffix).


  • IPA(key): /spaˈɡ
  • Rhymes: -etto
  • Hyphenation: spa‧ghét‧to


spaghetto m (plural spaghetti)

  1. (cooking, rare, prescriptive) strand of spaghetti
  2. (cooking, in the plural) a dish of spaghetti
  3. (colloquial) fright


  • Greek: σπαγγέτι n (spangéti)

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