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 spoiled
Yes, Mailer was, as he readily admitted, something of a spoiled Jewish boy.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That kind of spoiled naïveté seems inexcusable in a clearly intelligent author who is pushing 30.
Poor Stone, like most of us, forced to share a stage with this unpredictable, spoiled brat, looked uncomfortable.
They have putrid California grapes for eyes, puffed-out cheeks of spoiled plums, sweltered eggplant lips.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even stories of cruise ships in trouble with leaky toilets and spoiled food are popular.
To one like Danjou, spoiled with every kind of success, the affront was deadly.The Immortal|Alphonse Daudet
She spoiled it all, however, by continually talking of the distaste she had for domestic obligations.Six Bad Husbands and Six Unhappy Wives|Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Figure 212 is, however, a loop, as the circuit is spoiled on one side by an appendage.The Science of Fingerprints|Federal Bureau of Investigation
No matter, I had 'spoiled the whole party and broke up the ball!'
Where was that confident girl now—the girl who had been so sweetly "spoiled" by father and mother and sister, and adoring friends?Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
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