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.
Rain spoiled the picnic.
Spoiled the dish by adding too much salt; spoiled the party by getting into an argument.
- to be aggressively eager for a fight or confrontation
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of spoil
- Middle English spoilen to plunder from Old French espoillier from Latin spoliāre from spolium booty
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliÄre, present active infinitive of spoliÅ (“pillage, ruin, spoil").