Spoiler meaning

spoilər
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One that spoils, especially:
  • 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.
  • A competitor that has no chance of winning or qualifying (as for a playoff) but defeats and thereby prevents another from doing so.
  • A published piece of information that divulges a surprise, such as a plot twist in a movie.
  • One who seizes spoils or booty.
    Odysseus, spoiler of cities.
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A person or thing that spoils.
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A contestant, sports team, etc. having no chance of succeeding, but spoiling another's chances for success.
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Any projecting device serving to break up airflow around a body.
  • 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.
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An instance of revealing, as in a review, a key part of the plot of a new book or movie.
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One who spoils; a plunderer; a pillager; a robber; a despoiler.
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One who corrupts, mars, or renders useless.
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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.

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(aeronautics) A device to reduce lift.
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(automotive) A device to reduce lift and increase downforce.
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(US, chiefly politics, sports) An individual (organisation etc.), unable to win themselves, who spoils the chances of another's victory.
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(trading card games) A comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics.
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Origin of spoiler

  • From spoil +"Ž -er.

    From Wiktionary