- a person or thing that spoils
- a contestant, sports team, etc. having no chance of succeeding, but spoiling another's chances for success
- any projecting device serving to break up airflow around a body; specif.,
- a movable flap on the upper side of an airplane wing for increasing drag and decreasing lift
- a rigid, oblong fixture attached to an automobile to reduce drag
- an instance of revealing, as in a review, a key part of the plot of a new book or movie
- One that spoils, especially:a. A candidate for office whose chances of winning are slight but who may get enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning.b. Sports A competitor that has no chance of winning or qualifying (as for a playoff) but defeats and thereby prevents another from doing so.c. A published piece of information that divulges a surprise, such as a plot twist in a movie.d. One who seizes spoils or booty: Odysseus, spoiler of cities.
- a. A long, narrow hinged plate on the upper surface of an airplane wing that reduces lift and increases drag when raised.b. An air deflector mounted usually at the rear of an automobile to reduce lift at high speeds.
- One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler.
- One who corrupts, mars, or renders useless.
- A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise or twist in a story.
- Good netiquette dictates that one warn of spoilers before discussing them, so that readers who wish to do so may experience the surprises for themselves.
- (aeronautics) A device to reduce lift.
- (automotive) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce
- (US, chiefly politics, sports) An individual (organisation etc.), unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory.
- (trading card games) A comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics.
From spoil +"Ž -er.