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.
Origin of spoil
Synonyms for spoil
Related Words for spoiltharm, mar, devastate, wreck, tarnish, upset, undo, impair, destroy, taint, deface, defile, desolate, disgrace, sack, debase, injure, damage, ravage, desecrate
Examples from the Web for spoilt
Contemporary Examples of spoilt
Clearly, we have been spoilt by Stephen Frears and Helen Mirren with The Queen.Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring?
November 4, 2013
Historical Examples of spoilt
I went to my sister Eliza, and I said: 'Some way or another, you've spoilt my life.Tiverton Tales
It can't spoil anything now to tell you, because everything is spoilt.The Incomplete Amorist
"You spoilt him, Jenkins; that's the fact," observed Mr. Galloway.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
It is not only nonsense, but blasphemy, to say that man has spoilt the country.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
He has only put four windows in, the villain, and spoilt it!'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
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