Definition of spoil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//spɔɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//spɔɪl//
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  1. 1the spoils [plural] (formal or literary) goods taken from a place by thieves or by an army that has won a battle or war the spoils of war The robbers divided up the spoils.
  2. 2spoils [plural] the profits or advantages that somebody gets from being successful the spoils of high office The two teams shared the spoils with a 1–1 result.
  3. 3[uncountable] (specialist) waste material that is brought up when a hole is dug, etc.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘to plunder’): shortening of Old French espoille (noun), espoillier (verb), from Latin spoliare, from spolium ‘plunder, skin stripped from an animal’, or a shortening of despoil.
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