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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spoilspɔɪl(v.)spoiled; spoilt, spoil•ing

  1. (v.t.)to damage or harm severely; ruin:

    The tear spoiled the delicate fabric.

  2. to impair the quality of; affect detrimentally:

    Bad weather spoiled our vacation.

  3. to impair the character of (someone) by excessive indulgence.

  4. Archaic. to strip of goods or valuables; plunder. to take or seize by force.

  5. (v.i.)to become bad or unfit for use, as food or other perishable substances.

  6. to plunder, pillage, or rob.

  7. (n.)Often, spoils. booty, loot, or plunder taken in war or robbery.

  8. spoils, the emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party.

    Category: Government

  9. waste material, as that which is cast up in excavating.

    Category: Mining

Idioms for spoil:

  1. be spoiling for,Informal. to be very eager for:

    They're spoiling for a fight.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spoil:

1300–50; (v.) ME < OF espoillier < L spoliāre to despoil, v. der. of spolium booty

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spoil(noun)

    (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)

    "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"

  2. spoil, spoiling, spoilage(noun)

    the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it

    "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"

  3. spoil, spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation(verb)

    the act of stripping and taking by force

  4. botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub, screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix up, bollocks, bollocks up, bobble, mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, fuck up(verb)

    make a mess of, destroy or ruin

    "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

  5. spoil, go bad(verb)

    become unfit for consumption or use

    "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

  6. corrupt, spoil(verb)

    alter from the original

  7. pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulge(verb)

    treat with excessive indulgence

    "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

  8. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk(verb)

    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

  9. itch, spoil(verb)

    have a strong desire or urge to do something

    "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"

  10. rape, spoil, despoil, violate, plunder(verb)

    destroy and strip of its possession

    "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

  11. mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiate(verb)

    make imperfect

    "nothing marred her beauty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spoil(verb)ɔɪl

    to cause sth good to become bad or unpleasant

    His comment spoiled the whole evening.; Police spoiled the thieves' plans.

  2. spoilɔɪl

    to treat sb too well so they complain if they do not receive good treatment all the time

    We have been spoiled by low gas prices in the past.

  3. spoilɔɪl

    (of food) to become moldy or rotten

    The cheese spoiled in the heat.


  1. spoil(Noun)

    (Also in plural: spoils) Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.

  2. spoil(Noun)

    Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredging. Tailings.

  3. spoil(Verb)

    To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour.

  4. spoil(Verb)

    To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil.

  5. spoil(Verb)

    To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.).

  6. spoil(Verb)

    To carry off (goods) by force; to steal.

  7. spoil(Verb)

    To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use.

  8. spoil(Verb)

    To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess.

  9. spoil(Verb)

    Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay.

    Make sure you put the milk back in the fridge, otherwise it will spoil.

  10. spoil(Verb)

    To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it.

  11. spoil(Verb)

    To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.

  12. Origin: From espoillier, from spoliare, present active infinitive of spolio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spoil(verb)

    to plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to rob; -- with of before the name of the thing taken; as, to spoil one of his goods or possession

  2. Spoil(verb)

    to seize by violence;; to take by force; to plunder

  3. Spoil(verb)

    to cause to decay and perish; to corrput; to vitiate; to mar

  4. Spoil(verb)

    to render useless by injury; to injure fatally; to ruin; to destroy; as, to spoil paper; to have the crops spoiled by insects; to spoil the eyes by reading

  5. Spoil(verb)

    to practice plunder or robbery

  6. Spoil(verb)

    to lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon spoil in warm weather

  7. Spoil(noun)

    that which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty

  8. Spoil(noun)

    public offices and their emoluments regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage; -- commonly in the plural; as to the victor belong the spoils

  9. Spoil(noun)

    that which is gained by strength or effort

  10. Spoil(noun)

    the act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste

  11. Spoil(noun)

    corruption; cause of corruption

  12. Spoil(noun)

    the slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal


  1. Spoil

    In Archaeology, spoil is the term used for the soil, dirt and rubble that results from an excavation, and discarded off site on spoil heaps. These heaps are commonly accessed by barrow runs.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spoil' in Verbs Frequency: #869

Anagrams of spoil

  1. polis

Translations for spoil

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to damage or ruin; to make bad or useless

If you touch that drawing you'll spoil it.

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