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 unspoiledpristine, untouched, clean, clear, crisp, latest, natural, new, original, pure, recent, refreshing, sparkling, whole, young, unprocessed, untainted, uncontaminated, unpolluted
Examples from the Web for unspoiled
Contemporary Examples of unspoiled
After all I'm just a simple, unspoiled girl who wants to become queen.What Joan Rivers Said She Would Do If She Were Dictator of America
September 5, 2014
The film lets her unspoiled beauty speak the so-called “wicked” truth: for Ellen, abortion was the best choice.Why Deny the Obvious: Hollywood’s Backward Stance on Abortion
June 10, 2014
But for me, Marfa is really the gateway to all that this unspoiled region has to offer.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
Outside the lodge, the unspoiled African wilderness creates a breathtaking panorama.Eco-Chic Safari
July 27, 2010
In fact, it may end up being that the unspoiled Vieques sells Ducasse, rather than the other way around.Alain Ducasse's Caribbean Gamble
February 16, 2010
Historical Examples of unspoiled
But an unspoiled boy would not have needed that drastic medicine.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Some inner voice was at her heart, warning her to leave the day unspoiled.Tiverton Tales
She loved them with such a love as only the unspoiled child can know.The Carroll Girls
Some are just beautiful to look at and yet unspoiled by flattery.The Family and it's Members
Anna Garlin Spencer
Few men can enjoy a great reputation and be so unspoiled as Dr. Gunstone.The Faith Doctor
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