- a person or thing that spoils.
- a person who robs or ravages; despoiler; plunderer.
- Aeronautics. a device used to break up the airflow around an aerodynamic surface, as an aircraft wing, in order to slow the movement through the air or to decrease the lift on the surface and, as a result, provide bank or descent control.
- Automotive. a similar device for changing the airflow past a moving vehicle, often having the form of a transverse fin or blade mounted at the front or rear to reduce lift and increase traction at high speeds.
- Sports. a team out of final contention that defeats a potential or favored contender and thereby thwarts its chances of winning a championship.
- any competitor, entrant, or candidate who has no chance of ultimate victory but does well enough to spoil the chances of another.
- information about a plot or event in a movie, book, or show that may spoil the suspense or surprise: Spoilers were leaked before the movie was released. Spoiler alert! Do not read further if you haven't already seen the season finale.
Origin of spoiler
Related Wordscriminal, marauder, raider, plunderer, pilferer, pillager, spoiler, clod, donkey, dunce, blunderer, butterfingers, klutz, dolt, bonehead, idiot, butcher, botcher, incompetent, fool
Examples from the Web for spoiler
Spoiler: you may think twice before getting another Grande Chestnut Praline Latte.What's Really In That Holiday Drink?
The Daily Beast Video
December 3, 2014
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven't seen season five episode eight of The Walking Dead, “Coda”Norman Reedus on Motorcycles, Multitasking, And That Mid-Season Finale: “This Was A Rough One”
December 2, 2014
A new study claims that “spoiler” is no longer a dirty word.Wait, We Actually LIKE Spoilers!?
October 16, 2014
I guess I put [one of his legends; spoiler redacted] to rest.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends'
August 11, 2014
The idea of a spoiler, much like the Ewok Nanta, slain in the Battle of Endor, is dead.Is the New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy the Story of the Solo Twins and Darth Caedus?
March 26, 2014
And what the Spoiler has spared, the self-styled Restorer has too often ruined.Holbein
Fortunately, thus far, the Mondino Tablet has escaped the spoiler.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
Is there any one in the world who can flatter himself that he has escaped the spoiler?The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
I will not ride by the side of the Saxon to the feet of Edward, the son of the spoiler.Harold, Complete
Then, the spoiler, prompted by a ravenous maw, alleged a pretext for a quarrel.The Fables of Phdrus
- plunderer or robber
- a person or thing that causes spoilage or corruption
- a device fitted to an aircraft wing to increase drag and reduce lift. It is usually extended into the airflow to assist descent and bankingCompare air brake (def. 2)
- a similar device fitted to a car
- sport a competitor who adopts spoiling tactics, as in boxing
- a magazine, newspaper, etc produced specifically to coincide with the production of a rival magazine, newspaper, etc in order to divert public interest and reduce its sales
Word Origin and History for spoiler
1530s, "one who robs or plunders," agent noun from spoil. Meaning "one who mars another's chance at victory" is attested from 1950 in U.S. politics, perhaps from boxing. Aeronautics sense is from 1928, because it destroys the "lift" on the plane; transferred to structures serving a similar purpose on speedboats (1957) and motor vehicles (1963). Meaning "information about the plot of a movie, etc., which might 'spoil' it for one who has not seen it" is attested by 1982.