(of a person, especially a child) indulged excessively or pampered, with a harmful effect on character: Her grandfather is a rough, no-nonsense farmer with little patience for a spoiled kid from the city.
(of food) having become bad or unfit for use; tainted, rancid, or soured: Eating spoiled fish causes symptoms that closely resemble an allergic reaction.
severely damaged or harmed, especially in a way that reduces value, usefulness, excellence, enjoyment, etc.; marred or ruined: His new book, Fly Fishing Tips for the Desperate, can help turn a spoiled fishing trip into a successful one.
(of a ballot) disqualified by being marked in an improper way or otherwise marred or defaced: If you make a mistake on your absentee ballot, return it to the auditor with "spoiled ballot” on the envelope and request a replacement.
a simple past tense and past participle of spoil.
- Sometimes spoilt .
- un·spoiled, adjective
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How to use spoiled in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even stories of cruise ships in trouble with leaky toilets and spoiled food are popular.
Where there is no hedge, the possession shall be spoiled: and where there is no wife, he mourneth that is in want.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
But this sudden blow was a reminder that fate had been capricious to spoiled darlings before.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Entrusted with sixty thousand men with orders to make a vast turning movement, his timidity spoiled the Emperor's careful plans.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He would never suffer that fine crop of hay to be spoiled; and father, with no one here to help him to bring it in.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
He has been with me to see old Mrs. Robins, and she made so much of him, that if I take him again he'll be regularly spoiled.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge