WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
spoil /spɔɪl/USA pronunciation
v., spoiledor spoilt/spɔɪlt/USA pronunciation spoil•ing,n.
n. spoils [plural]
- to (cause to) become bad or unfit for use, such as food that does not last long unless treated with cold: [no object]Too much moisture and heat will cause the food to spoil.[~ + object]to spoil the food.
- [~ + object] to damage or harm severely; ruin:The rip spoiled the delicate fabric.
- [~ + object] to affect in a bad or unfortunate way:Bad weather spoiled our vacation.
- [~ + object] to treat (someone) too well, as by giving too much, and thus affect his or her character in a bad way:Don't spoil the baby by jumping up to feed her whenever she whimpers.
- money, property, or goods taken in war or by robbery.
spoil•age /ˈspɔɪlɪdʒ/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
spoil•er, n. [countable]
- be spoiling for, [~ + object][Informal.]to be very eager for:They're spoiling for a fight.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
spoil /spɔɪl/ vb (spoils, spoiling, spoilt, spoiled)
- (transitive) to cause damage to (something), in regard to its value, beauty, usefulness, etc
- (transitive) to weaken the character of (a child) by complying unrestrainedly with its desires
- (intransitive) (of perishable substances) to become unfit for consumption or use
- (intransitive) to disrupt the play or style of an opponent, as to prevent him from settling into a rhythm
- archaic to strip (a person or place) of (property or goods) by force or violence
- be spoiling for ⇒ to have an aggressive desire for (a fight, etc)
See also spoilsEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre to strip, from spolium booty
- waste material thrown up by an excavation
- any treasure accumulated by a person
- obsolete the act of plundering
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