The definition of spiteful is someone who purposely does harm to another.
An example of spiteful is walking up to someone and spitting in their face.
Filled with, prompted by, or showing spite; malicious.
(comparative more spiteful, superlative most spiteful)
From spite +"Ž -ful
- Vera's spiteful; never mind her!
- When he opened the ballroom door Pierre saw Natasha sitting at the window, with a thin, pale, and spiteful face.
- Even the spiteful or treacherous act of Dolet, who in 1542 reprinted the earlier form of the books which Rabelais had just slightly modified, seems to have done him no harm.
- The publication of a spiteful letter (really by Horace Walpole, one of whose worst deeds it was) in the name of the king of Prussia made Rousseau believe that plots of the most terrible kind were on foot against him.
- As soon as he came across a former acquaintance or anyone from the staff, he bristled up immediately and grew spiteful, ironical, and contemptuous.