spoil/spɔɪl/USA pronunciationv.,spoiled or spoilt/spɔɪlt/USA pronunciation spoil•ing,n. v.
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.
to damage or harm severely; ruin:[~ + object]The rip spoiled the delicate fabric.
to affect in a bad or unfortunate way:[~ + object]Bad weather spoiled our vacation.
to treat (someone) too well, as by giving too much, and thus affect his or her character in a bad way:[~ + object]Don't spoil the baby by jumping up to feed her whenever she whimpers.
money, property, or goods taken in war or by robbery.
Idiomsbe spoiling for,[~ + object][Informal.]to be very eager for:They're spoiling for a fight.
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.
be spoiling for,[Informal.]to be very eager for; be desirous of:It was obvious that he was spoiling for a fight.
Often, spoils. booty, loot, or plunder taken in war or robbery.
the act of plundering.
an object of plundering.
Governmentthe emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party:the spoils of office.
Governmentprizes won or treasures accumulated:a child's spoils brought home from a party.
Miningwaste material, as that which is cast up in mining, excavating, quarrying, etc.
an imperfectly made object, damaged during the manufacturing process.
Old French espoille, derivative of espoillier
Latin spoliāre to despoil, equivalent. to spoli(um) booty + -āre infinitive suffix; (noun, nominal) derivative of the verb, verbal or
Old French espoillier
(verb, verbal) Middle English spoilen 1300–50
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.