verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoiling.
to damage severely or harm (something), especially with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.:
The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop.
to diminish or impair the quality of; affect detrimentally:
Bad weather spoiled their vacation.
to impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of (someone) by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc.:
to spoil a child by pampering him.
Archaic. to strip (persons, places, etc.) of goods, valuables, etc.; plunder; pillage; despoil.
Archaic. to take or seize by force.
verb (used without object), spoiled or spoilt, spoiling.
to become bad, or unfit for use, as food or other perishable substances; become tainted or putrid:
Milk spoils if not refrigerated.
to plunder, pillage, or rob.
Often, spoils. booty, loot, or plunder taken in war or robbery.
the act of plundering.
an object of plundering.
the emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party:
the spoils of office.
prizes won or treasures accumulated:
a child’s spoils brought home from a party.
waste material, as that which is cast up in mining, excavating, quarrying, etc.
an imperfectly made object, damaged during the manufacturing process.
be spoiling for, Informal. to be very eager for; be desirous of:
It was obvious that he was spoiling for a fight.
verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt, spoiled
(transitive) to cause damage to (something), in regard to its value, beauty, usefulness, etc
(transitive) to weaken the character of (a child) by complying unrestrainedly with its desires
(intransitive) (of perishable substances) to become unfit for consumption or use: the fruit must be eaten before it spoils
(intransitive) (sport) to disrupt the play or style of an opponent, as to prevent him from settling into a rhythm
(archaic) to strip (a person or place) of (property or goods) by force or violence
be spoiling for, to have an aggressive desire for (a fight, etc)
waste material thrown up by an excavation
any treasure accumulated by a person: this gold ring was part of the spoil
the act of plundering
a strategically placed building, city, etc, captured as plunder
split the sheets
- Spoiled priest
noun 1. (Irish) a person who was a student for the priesthood but who has withdrawn or been dismissed
noun 1. a person or thing that spoils. 2. a person who robs or ravages; despoiler; plunderer. 3. Aeronautics. a device used to break up the airflow around an aerodynamic surface, as an aircraft wing, in order to slow the movement through the air or to decrease the lift on the surface and, as a […]
noun, U.S. Politics. 1. a third political party formed to draw votes away from one of the two major parties, thus spoiling its chance of winning an election.
noun, Cards. 1. a game played by two to ten persons having five cards each. noun 1. a card game for two or more players with five cards each