spoil

  • 1 Spoil — (spoil), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spoiled} (spoild) or {Spoilt} (spoilt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoiling}.] [F. spolier, OF. espoillier, fr. L. spoliare, fr. spolium spoil. Cf. {Despoil}, {Spoliation}.] 1. To plunder; to strip by violence; to pillage; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 spoil — n Spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot, swag can mean something of value that is taken from another by force or craft. Spoil applies to the movable property of a defeated enemy, which by the custom of old time warfare belongs to the victor and of… …

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  • 3 Spoil — Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster] Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 spoil — [ spɔıl ] verb ** ▸ 1 make worse ▸ 2 allow child everything ▸ 3 treat someone with care ▸ 4 food: become too old ▸ 5 in election ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) transitive to affect something in a way that makes it worse, less attractive, or less enjoyable:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 Spoil — (spoil), v. i. 1. To practice plunder or robbery. [1913 Webster] Outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To lose the valuable qualities; to be corrupted; to decay; as, fruit will soon… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 spoil — c.1300, from O.Fr. espoillier to strip, plunder, from L. spoliare to strip of clothing, rob, from spolium armor stripped from an enemy, booty; originally skin stripped from a killed animal, from PIE *spol yo , perhaps from root *spel to split, to …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 spoil — [v1] ruin, hurt blemish, damage, debase, deface, defile, demolish, depredate, desecrate, desolate, despoil, destroy, devastate, disfigure, disgrace, harm, impair, injure, make useless, mar, mess up*, muck up*, pillage, plunder, prejudice, ravage …

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  • 8 spoil — [spoil] vt. spoiled or Brit. spoilt, spoiling [ME spoilen < MFr espoillier < L spoliare, to plunder < spolium, arms taken from a defeated foe, plunder, orig., hide stripped from an animal < IE base * (s)p(h)el , to split, tear off… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 spoil|er — «SPOY luhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that spoils. 2. a person who takes spoils. 3. a movable flap on the upper surface of the wing of an airplane, to help in slowing down or in decreasing lift, as in descending or landing. 4. an airflow… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 spoil — I (impair) verb addle, blemish, blight, botch, break, bungle, butcher, corrumpere, corrupt, damage, damage irreparably, debase, decay, decompose, deface, defile, deform, demolish, destroy, deteriorate, dilapidate, disable, disfigure, go bad, harm …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 spoil — ► VERB (past and past part. spoilt (chiefly Brit. ) or spoiled) 1) diminish or destroy the value or quality of. 2) (of food) become unfit for eating. 3) harm the character of (a child) by being too indulgent. 4) treat with great or excessive… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 spoil·er — /ˈspoılɚ/ noun, pl ers [count] 1 : a person or thing that spoils something: such as 1 a : a political candidate who cannot win but who prevents another candidate from winning by taking away votes 1 b chiefly US : a person or team that… …

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  • 13 spoilȝie — obs. f. spulyie n. and v …

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  • 14 spoil — spoil1 [spɔıl] v past tense and past participle spoiled also spoilt [spɔılt] BrE ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(damage)¦ 2¦(treat too kindly)¦ 3¦(treat kindly)¦ 4¦(decay)¦ 5¦(voting)¦ 6 be spoiling for a fight/argument ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 spoil — [[t]spɔ͟ɪl[/t]] spoils, spoiling, spoiled, spoilt (American English uses the form spoiled as the past tense and past participle. British English uses either spoiled or spoilt.) 1) VERB If you spoil something, you prevent it from being successful… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 spoil — 01. The sudden rainstorm really [spoiled] our picnic. 02. They really [spoil] their son by giving him anything he wants. 03. Don t let a little misunderstanding [spoil] your evening. 04. My nana always said that it is the job of a grandparent to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 spoil — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Spoil is used before these nouns: ↑heap {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} verb 1 make sth useless/unsuccessful/not very good ADVERB ▪ completely, quite ▪ Her selfish reaction completely spoiled the party. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 spoil — de·spoil·er; de·spoil·ment; spoil·able; spoil·age; spoil·a·tion; spoil; spoil·ing; de·spoil; spoil·er; …

    English syllables

  • 19 spoil */*/ — UK [spɔɪl] / US verb Word forms spoil : present tense I/you/we/they spoil he/she/it spoils present participle spoiling past tense spoiled or spoilt UK [spɔɪlt] / US past participle spoiled or spoilt 1) [transitive] to affect something in a way… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 spoil — spoilable, adj. spoilless, adj. /spoyl/, v., spoiled or spoilt, spoiling, n. v.t. 1. to damage severely or harm (something), esp. with reference to its excellence, value, usefulness, etc.: The water stain spoiled the painting. Drought spoiled the …

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