- 1 [transitive] spoil something to change something good into something bad, unpleasant, useless, etc. synonym ruin Our camping trip was spoilt by bad weather. Don't let him spoil your evening. The tall buildings have spoiled the view. Don't eat too many nuts—you'll spoil your appetite (= will no longer be hungry at the proper time to eat). (British English) spoiled ballot papers (= not valid because not correctly marked) I won’t tell you what happens in the last chapter—I don’t want to spoil it for you.
- 2 [transitive] spoil somebody to give a child everything that they ask for and not enough discipline in a way that has a bad effect on their character and behaviour synonym overindulge She spoils those kids of hers.
- 3[transitive] spoil somebody/yourself to make somebody/yourself happy by doing something special Why not spoil yourself with a weekend in a top hotel? He really spoiled me on my birthday.
- 4[intransitive] (of food) to become bad so that it can no longer be eaten synonym go off (6) Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘to plunder’): shortening of Old French espoille (noun), espoillier (verb), from Latin spoliare, from spolium
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BrE BrE//spɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spoil
BrE BrE//spɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪl//he / she / it spoils
BrE BrE//spɔɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪlz//past simple spoiled
BrE BrE//spɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪld//past participle spoiled
BrE BrE//spɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪld//(British English also) past simple spoilt
BrE BrE//spɔɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪlt//(British English also) past participle spoilt
BrE BrE//spɔɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪlt//-ing form spoiling
BrE BrE//ˈspɔɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɔɪlɪŋ//