verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
verb (used without object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.
- 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.
Origin of spoil
SYNONYMS FOR spoil
Related formsspoil·a·ble, adjectivespoil·less, adjectiveun·spoil·a·ble, adjectiveun·spoiled, adjective
Examples from the Web for spoil
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Of course I dismissed him for the day, and of course I paid him for the full time, that being the way we spoil our models.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So in episode five—not to spoil anything—Cohle gives one of his metaphysical addresses.Inside the Obsessive, Strange Mind of True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto|Andrew Romano|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At these wellness retreats, the staff will kick your butt—and then spoil you silly.
There are other ways in which the shutdown can spoil the holiday season – for retailers and workers.
Tom had shown his spoil at that part of the camp where the other boys were chopping.Camp Venture|George Cary Eggleston
When too roughly frolicsome, he rebuked them gently, so as not to mortify them, or spoil the natural buoyancy of their character.
There, Judy, keep back for a moment; it will get upon the carpet, and spoil it if we are not as quick as possible.A Young Mutineer|Mrs. L. T. Meade
Always be careful not to spoil a beautiful mantel or beautiful ornaments by having them out of proportion one with the other.The Art of Interior Decoration|Grace Wood
What fools we are to spoil our eyes for other people's troubles!Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for spoil
verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt or spoiled
- the act of plundering
- a strategically placed building, city, etc, captured as plunder
Word Origin for spoil
Idioms and Phrases with spoil
In addition to the idioms beginning with spoil
- spoil for
- spare the rod and spoil the child
- too many cooks spoil the broth
- to the victor belong the spoils