[ spoi-ler ]
/ ˈspɔɪ lər /


Nearby words

  1. spoil bank,
  2. spoil for,
  3. spoil ground,
  4. spoilage,
  5. spoiled priest,
  6. spoiler party,
  7. spoilfive,
  8. spoils,
  9. spoils system,
  10. spoilsman

Origin of spoiler

First recorded in 1525–35; spoil + -er1

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Examples from the Web for spoiler

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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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.

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