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Meaning & Definition of Spoil in English

English

Spoil

/spɔɪl/

noun

1. (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)

  • "To the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
    synonym:
  • spoil

2. The act of spoiling something by causing damage to it

  • "Her spoiling my dress was deliberate"
    synonym:
  • spoil
  • ,
  • spoiling
  • ,
  • spoilage

3. The act of stripping and taking by force

    synonym:
  • spoil
  • ,
  • spoliation
  • ,
  • spoilation
  • ,
  • despoilation
  • ,
  • despoilment
  • ,
  • despoliation

verb

1. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin

  • "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"
  • "The pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
    synonym:
  • botch
  • ,
  • bodge
  • ,
  • bumble
  • ,
  • fumble
  • ,
  • botch up
  • ,
  • muff
  • ,
  • blow
  • ,
  • flub
  • ,
  • screw up
  • ,
  • ball up
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • muck up
  • ,
  • bungle
  • ,
  • fluff
  • ,
  • bollix
  • ,
  • bollix up
  • ,
  • bollocks
  • ,
  • bollocks up
  • ,
  • bobble
  • ,
  • mishandle
  • ,
  • louse up
  • ,
  • foul up
  • ,
  • mess up
  • ,
  • fuck up

2. Become unfit for consumption or use

  • "The meat must be eaten before it spoils"
    synonym:
  • spoil
  • ,
  • go bad

3. Alter from the original

    synonym:
  • corrupt
  • ,
  • spoil

4. Treat with excessive indulgence

  • "Grandparents often pamper the children"
  • "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"
    synonym:
  • pamper
  • ,
  • featherbed
  • ,
  • cosset
  • ,
  • cocker
  • ,
  • baby
  • ,
  • coddle
  • ,
  • mollycoddle
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • indulge

5. Hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

  • "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was ruth's amazing september surge"
  • "Foil your opponent"
    synonym:
  • thwart
  • ,
  • queer
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • scotch
  • ,
  • foil
  • ,
  • cross
  • ,
  • frustrate
  • ,
  • baffle
  • ,
  • bilk

6. Have a strong desire or urge to do something

  • "She is itching to start the project"
  • "He is spoiling for a fight"
    synonym:
  • itch
  • ,
  • spoil

7. Destroy and strip of its possession

  • "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
    synonym:
  • rape
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • despoil
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • plunder

8. Make imperfect

  • "Nothing marred her beauty"
    synonym:
  • mar
  • ,
  • impair
  • ,
  • spoil
  • ,
  • deflower
  • ,
  • vitiate

Examples of using

Don't spoil your appetite.
Make a spoon or spoil a horn.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.