spoil

[ spoil ]
/ spɔɪl /
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verb (used with object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.

verb (used without object), spoiled or spoilt, spoil·ing.

to become bad, or unfit for use, as food or other perishable substances; become tainted or putrid: Milk spoils if not refrigerated.
to plunder, pillage, or rob.

noun

Idioms

    be spoiling for, Informal. to be very eager for; be desirous of: It was obvious that he was spoiling for a fight.

Origin of spoil

1300–50; (v.) Middle English spoilen < Old French espoillier < Latin spoliāre to despoil, equivalent to spoli(um) booty + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun) derivative of the v. or < Old French espoille, derivative of espoillier
SYNONYMS FOR spoil
1 disfigure, destroy, demolish, mar. Spoil, ruin, wreck agree in meaning to reduce the value, quality, usefulness, etc., of anything. Spoil is the general term: to spoil a delicate fabric. Ruin implies doing completely destructive or irreparable injury: to ruin one's health. Wreck implies a violent breaking up or demolition: to wreck oneself with drink; to wreck a building.
Related formsspoil·a·ble, adjectivespoil·less, adjectiveun·spoil·a·ble, adjectiveun·spoiled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unspoiled

British Dictionary definitions for unspoiled (1 of 2)

unspoiled

unspoilt (ʌnˈspɔɪlt)

/ (ʌnˈspɔɪld) /

adjective

(of a village, town, etc) having an unaltered character

British Dictionary definitions for unspoiled (2 of 2)

spoil

/ (spɔɪl) /

verb spoils, spoiling, spoilt or spoiled

noun

See also spoils

Word Origin for spoil

C13: from Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre to strip, from spolium booty
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Idioms and Phrases with unspoiled

spoil


In addition to the idioms beginning with spoil

  • spoil for

also see:

  • spare the rod and spoil the child
  • too many cooks spoil the broth
  • to the victor belong the spoils
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