Spoil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spɔɪl|  American pronunciation of the word spoil
Brit.  |spɔɪl|  British pronunciation of the word spoil
irregular verb:  p.t. — spoiled or spoilt  p.p. — spoiled or spoilt


- (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)
- the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it(syn: spoilage, spoiling)
- the act of stripping and taking by force (syn: despoilation, despoilment, despoliation, spoilation, spoliation)


- make a mess of, destroy or ruin (syn: blow, bobble, bodge, bollix, bollocks, botch, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, fumble, mishandle, muff)
- become unfit for consumption or use
- alter from the original (syn: corrupt)
- treat with excessive indulgence (syn: baby, cocker, coddle, cosset, featherbed, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper)
- hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of (syn: baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, thwart)
- have a strong desire or urge to do something(syn: itch)
- destroy and strip of its possession (syn: despoil, plunder, rape, violate)
- make imperfect (syn: deflower, impair, mar, vitiate)


...the bandits escaped with their lives but not with the spoils...

The fight spoiled the party.

The camping trip was spoiled by bad weather.

Don't let one mistake spoil your day.

Don't spoil your appetite by snacking too much.

Exposure to air will spoil the wine.

I spoiled the sauce by adding too much garlic.

The milk was beginning to spoil.

The hotel spoils their guests with fine dining and excellent service.

She always spoils me on my birthday.

You should spoil yourself with a day at the spa.

Sparing the rod spoils the child.

The whole park is spoiled by litter.

We didn't let the incident spoil our day.

I don't want to spoil your fun.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spoil
he/she/it: spoils
present participle: spoiling
past tense: spoiled or spoilt
past participle: spoiled or spoilt
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