What does spoil mean?

Definitions for spoil
spɔɪlspoil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spoilnoun

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

    "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"

  2. spoil, spoiling, spoilagenoun

    the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it

    "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"

  3. spoil, spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliationverb

    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 upverb

    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 badverb

    become unfit for consumption or use

    "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

  6. corrupt, spoilverb

    alter from the original

  7. pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil, indulgeverb

    treat with excessive indulgence

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

  8. thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb

    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, spoilverb

    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, plunderverb

    destroy and strip of its possession

    "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

  11. mar, impair, spoil, deflower, vitiateverb

    make imperfect

    "nothing marred her beauty"

Wiktionary

  1. spoilnoun

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

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

  2. spoilnoun

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

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

  3. spoilverb

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

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

  4. spoilverb

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

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

  5. spoilverb

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

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

  6. spoilverb

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

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

  7. spoilverb

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

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

  8. spoilverb

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

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

  9. spoilverb

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

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

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

  10. spoilverb

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

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

  11. spoilverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spoilverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  2. Spoilverb

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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  3. Spoilverb

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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  4. Spoilverb

    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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  5. Spoilverb

    to practice plunder or robbery

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  6. Spoilverb

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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  7. Spoilnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  8. Spoilnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  9. Spoilnoun

    that which is gained by strength or effort

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  10. Spoilnoun

    the act or practice of plundering; robbery; aste

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  11. Spoilnoun

    corruption; cause of corruption

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

  12. Spoilnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. Despoil, Spoliation.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spoil

    spoil, v.t. to take by force: to plunder.—v.i. to practise robbery.—n. prey, plunder: pillage: robbery.—n. Spoil′er, one who spoils, a plunderer.—n.pl. Spō′lia opī′ma, the most valued spoils—taken by a Roman commander from the enemy's commander in single combat; hence supreme rewards or honours generally. [O. Fr. espoille—L. spolium, spoil.]

  2. Spoil

    spoil, v.t. to corrupt: to mar: to make useless.—v.i. to decay: to become useless.—ns. Spoil′er, a corrupter; Spoil′-five, a round game of cards played with the whole pack, each one of the three to ten players receiving five cards.—adj. Spoil′ful (Spens.), wasteful, rapacious.—n. Spoils′man, one who looks for profit out of politics. [Same as above word.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spoil in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spoil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of spoil in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Urooj Umer:

    Don't let others to spoil your inner peace and don't allow yourself to pluck your fortitude by rot raps of anyone...

  2. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Turkey will be supporting any initiative for a political solution in Syria, except the only criteria we want is that the moderate opposition should be represented by their own will and initiative. There should not be any representation of terrorist groups around the table, some circles, including Russia, they want to spoil the opposition side, putting some other elements in the opposition side like the YPG, which has been collaborating with the regime and attacking the moderate opposition.

  3. Leon Gissing:

    I was obsessed, i wanted to have all of the latest shoes and all of the latest designer or Hyped or new models, and it was a case of obviously my parents weren't going to spoil me and buy me whatever I wanted, so I just needed to get a bit of extra capital, a bit of extra cash to be able to afford my own pairs of shoes.

  4. Jeffery Lewis:

    The telltale sign is the pile of spoil in front of the tunnel. That's rock from inside the mountain as they dig the new tunnel.

  5. David Pilgrim:

    And, then, the old man preached about the daily indignities of the old south— insulting stereotypes and caricatures that portrayed us as buffoons, butlers, and beasts; lies about our morality and worth, some told by preachers who said we had no souls, that we wore the Curse of Ham; backbreaking toil, often forced by law, the fruit of our labor on another man’s plate; poverty that warped, crippled, and everywhere premature death; our voices silenced by poll taxes and literacy tests; schooling in raggedy shacks with tattered books because education would spoil us for work in the fields; cuffed, chained, and caged, for crimes both real and imagined; our soldiers killed in their uniforms, their medals stripped; our businesses, churches, schools, and homes burned to the ground when we progressed too much; our women and children raped; everywhere the barbarism of color discrimination followed us, enveloped us, and when all else failed, there were sadistic cowards with ropes and pyres to kill us, kill our bodies, to try and end us. But, we did not end.

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Translations for spoil

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  • غنيمةArabic
  • espoliarCatalan, Valencian
  • lup, kořist, zkazit, rozmazlitCzech
  • Beute, ruinieren, verderben, verwöhnenGerman
  • αλλοιώνω, καλομαθαίνω, χαλάω, κόβω, μυρίζω, προδίδω, λάφυρο, λεία, μπάζα, καταστρέφω, αμαυρώνω, κακομαθαίνω, αλλοιώνομαι, ξινίζω, μαρτυράωGreek
  • botín, agriar, despojar, dañar, echar a perder, estropear, chiquear, descomponerse, echarse a perder, espoliar, arruinar, malcriar, consentirSpanish
  • از بین بردنPersian
  • ryöstösaalis, sotasaalis, jätemaa, louhe, hemmotella, hapantua, mädäntyä, saalis, jätemassa, pilata, ruoppausmassa, lelliä, pilaantua, mädätäFinnish
  • butin, gâter, dépouille, gâcher, tournerFrench
  • millIrish
  • התקלקל, שללHebrew
  • gateHaitian Creole
  • megsavanyodik, elkényeztet, megromlik, zsákmány, rongál, tönkreteszHungarian
  • domajarIdo
  • rovinare, bottino, viziareItalian
  • 略奪品, 利権, 傷める, こわす, 甘やかす, 廃棄物, 傷つける, だめ, 台無し, 腐るJapanese
  • kōpekaMāori
  • verbrodden, verwennen, bederven, buit, verprutsenDutch
  • pilhagem, saque, arruinar, butim, estragar, mimarPortuguese
  • răsfăța, pradă, strica, ruinaRomanian
  • испортить, повреждать, баловать, избаловать, испортиться, трофей, портить, повредить, прокиснуть, скиснутьRussian
  • byte, fördärvaSwedish
  • பாழ்Tamil
  • పాడుTelugu
  • bozulmak, çürümek, yağma, mahvetmek, üzerine titremekTurkish
  • псуватиUkrainian

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. empire
    • B. scrutiny
    • C. drought
    • D. investigating

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