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.
- spohr, ludwig,
- spoil bank,
- spoil for,
- spoil ground,
- spoiled priest
Origin of spoil
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
verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt or spoiled
- the act of plundering
- a strategically placed building, city, etc, captured as plunder
Word Origin for spoil
c.1300, from Old French espoillier "to strip, plunder," from Latin spoliare "to strip of clothing, rob," from spolium "armor stripped from an enemy, booty;" originally "skin stripped from a killed animal," from PIE *spol-yo-, perhaps from root *spel- "to split, to break off" (cf. Greek aspalon "skin, hide," spolas "flayed skin;" Lithuanian spaliai "shives of flax;" Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti "to cleave, split;" Middle Low German spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" Sanskrit sphatayati "splits").
Sense of "to damage so as to render useless" is from 1560s; that of "to over-indulge" (a child, etc.) is from 1640s (implied in spoiled). Intransitive sense of "to go bad" is from 1690s. To be spoiling for (a fight, etc.) is from 1865, from notion that one will "spoil" if he doesn't get it. Spoil-sport attested from 1801.
"goods captured in time of war," c.1300; see spoil (v.). Spoils system in U.S. politics attested by 1839, commonly associated with the administration of President Andrew Jackson, on the notion of "to the victor belongs the spoils."
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