To spoil something is to damage it or to make it unusable. Spoiling a cake will make it dry and tasteless. Spoiling a project will make it difficult or impossible to finish.

  • The water was so cold that it started spoiling the food right away.

  • The wind was so strong that it was spoiling the leaves on the trees.

Definition of spoils


To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour.


To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil.


To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.).


To carry off (goods) by force; to steal.


To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use.


To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess.


Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay.


To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it.


To reveal the ending or major events of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.


That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty.


Public offices and their benefits regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage.

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Example Sentences for spoils

  • 1

    The background spoils the image.

  • 2

    The fruit was spoiled and fetid.

  • 3

    But the oversized tags spoil the illustration.

  • 4

    It spoils the overview and neutrality of the article.

  • 5

    The hot weather spoiled the meat.

  • 6

    It has the egotism and petulance of a spoiled child.

  • 7

    Red links spoil the look of the page.

  • 8

    She is the cutest but probably the most spoiled.

  • 9

    I don't want to spoil the the anonymity of it.

  • 10

    Examples just spoil the flow of the sentence.