- The definition of spoil is to destroy something, to diminish the character of something, to overindulge someone, or to go bad and become unusable or inedible.
- An example of spoil is when you ruin someone's cake.
- An example of spoil is when you prevent someone from having a good time.
- An example of spoil is when you over indulge a child, especially to the point that the child's character is weakened and he becomes a brat.
- An example of spoil is when food goes rotten.
spoil definition by Webster's New World
- to damage or injure in such a way as to make useless, valueless, etc.; destroy
- to mar or impair the enjoyment, quality, or functioning of: rain spoiled the picnic
- to overindulge so as to cause to demand or expect too much
- to strip (a person) of goods, money, etc. by force
- to rob; pillage; plunder
- to seize (goods) by force
Origin: Middle English spoilen ; from Middle French espoillier ; from Classical Latin spoliare, to plunder ; from spolium, arms taken from a defeated foe, plunder, origin, originally , hide stripped from an animal ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)el-, to split, tear off from source spall, spill
- to be damaged or injured in such a way as to become useless, valueless, etc.; specif., to decay, as food
- Archaic to pillage; plunder
- goods, territory, etc. taken by force in war; plunder; loot; booty
- ☆ public offices to which the successful political party has the power of appointment
- an object of plunder; prey
- waste material removed in making excavations, etc.
- Archaic the act of plundering; spoliation
- Obsolete damage; impairment
Origin: ME spoile < MFr espoille < L spolia, pl.
- spoilable adjective
spoil definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb spoiled spoiled or spoilt , spoil·ing, spoils verb, transitive
- a. To impair the value or quality of.b. To damage irreparably; ruin.
- To impair the completeness, perfection, or unity of; flaw grievously: spoiled the party.
- To do harm to the character, nature, or attitude of by oversolicitude, overindulgence, or excessive praise. See Synonyms at pamper.
- Archaic a. To plunder; despoil.b. To take by force.
- To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food. See Synonyms at decay.
- To pillage.
- spoilsa. Goods or property seized from a victim after a conflict, especially after a military victory.b. Incidental benefits reaped by a winner, especially political patronage enjoyed by a successful party or candidate.
- An object of plunder; prey.
- Refuse material removed from an excavation.
- Archaic The act of plundering; spoliation.
Origin: Middle English spoilen, to plunder, from Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre, from spolium, booty.
spoil - Phrases/Idioms
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