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.
(sometimes sing) valuables seized by violence, esp in war
(mainly US) the rewards and benefits of public office regarded as plunder for the winning party or candidate See also spoils system
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
noun, plural spoilsmen. 1. a person who seeks or receives a share in political spoils. 2. an advocate of the spoils system in politics. noun (pl) -men 1. (US, politics) a person who shares in the spoils of office or advocates the spoils system
noun 1. a person whose selfish or unsportsmanlike attitudes or actions spoil the pleasure of others, as in a game or social gathering. noun 1. (informal) a person who spoils the pleasure of other people by his actions or attitudes
noun 1. the system or practice in which public offices with their emoluments and advantages are at the disposal of the victorious party for its own purposes. spoils system noun 1. (mainly US) the practice of filling appointive public offices with friends and supporters of the ruling political party Compare merit system spoils system definition […]
verb 1. a simple past tense and past participle of spoil. verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoiling. 1. 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. 2. to diminish or impair the quality of; affect […]