spoil: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (spoil), [key]
— v., n. spoiled spoilt, spoil•ing,
- to damage severely or harm (something), esp. with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the corn crop.
- to diminish or impair the quality of; affect detrimentally: Bad weather spoiled their vacation.
- to impair, damage, or harm the character or nature of (someone) by unwise treatment, excessive indulgence, etc.: to spoil a child by pampering him.
- to strip (persons, places, etc.) of goods, valuables, etc.; plunder; pillage; despoil.
- to take or seize by force.
- 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.
- to be very eager for; be desirous of: It was obvious that he was spoiling for a fight.
- Often,booty, loot, or plunder taken in war or robbery.
- the act of plundering.
- an object of plundering.
- Usually, the spoils of office.
- the emoluments and advantages of public office viewed as won by a victorious political party:the spoils of office.
- prizes won or treasures accumulated:a child's spoils brought home from a party.
- waste material, as that which is cast up in mining, excavating, quarrying, etc.
- an imperfectly made object, damaged during the manufacturing process.
- spoil (Thesaurus)