[ spoi-ler ]
/ ˈspɔɪ lər /



Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of spoiler

First recorded in 1525–35; spoil + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for spoiler

/ (ˈspɔɪlə) /


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
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