spoil

SpeakerListen:
 /spɔɪl/

For the verb: "to spoil"

Simple Past: spoiled, spoilt
Past Participle: spoiled, spoilt

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
spoil /spɔɪl/USA pronunciation  v.,  spoiledor spoilt/spɔɪlt/USA pronunciation spoil•ing,n. 

v. 
  1. 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.
  2. [+ object] to damage or harm severely; ruin:The rip spoiled the delicate fabric.
  3. [+ object] to affect in a bad or unfortunate way:Bad weather spoiled our vacation.
  4. [+ 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.

n. spoils [plural]
  1. money, property, or goods taken in war or by robbery.
idiom
  1. be spoiling for, [+ object][Informal.]to be very eager for:They're spoiling for a fight.

spoil•age /ˈspɔɪlɪdʒ/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
spoil•er, n. [countable]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spoil /spɔɪl/ vb (spoils, spoiling, spoilt, spoiled)
  1. (transitive) to cause damage to (something), in regard to its value, beauty, usefulness, etc
  2. (transitive) to weaken the character of (a child) by complying unrestrainedly with its desires
  3. (intransitive) (of perishable substances) to become unfit for consumption or use
  4. (intransitive) to disrupt the play or style of an opponent, as to prevent him from settling into a rhythm
  5. archaic to strip (a person or place) of (property or goods) by force or violence
  6. be spoiling forto have an aggressive desire for (a fight, etc)
n
  1. waste material thrown up by an excavation
  2. any treasure accumulated by a person
  3. obsolete the act of plundering

See also spoilsEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French espoillier, from Latin spoliāre to strip, from spolium booty



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