Dictionary Results for spoil


1. spoil - noun

· (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"

Hypernym(s): stolen_property




2. spoil - noun

· the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate"

Synonym(s): spoiling, spoilage

Hypernym(s): injury




3. spoil - noun

· the act of stripping and taking by force

Synonym(s): spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation

Hypernym(s): plundering, pillage, pillaging




4. spoil - verb

· make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

Synonym(s): botch, bodge, bumble, fumble, botch_up, muff, blow, flub, screw_up, ball_up, muck_up, bungle, fluff, bollix, bollix_up, bollocks, bollocks_up, bobble, mishandle, louse_up, foul_up, mess_up, fuck_up

Hypernym(s): fail, go_wrong, miscarry




5. spoil - verb

· become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

Synonym(s): go_bad

Hypernym(s): decay




6. spoil - verb

· alter from the original

Synonym(s): corrupt

Hypernym(s): modify




7. spoil - verb

· treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

Synonym(s): pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, indulge

Hypernym(s): treat, handle, do_by




8. spoil - verb

· hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

Synonym(s): thwart, queer, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk

Hypernym(s): prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid




9. spoil - verb

· have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"

Synonym(s): itch

Hypernym(s): desire, want




10. spoil - verb

· destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

Synonym(s): rape, despoil, violate, plunder

Hypernym(s): destroy, ruin




11. spoil - verb

· make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"

Synonym(s): mar, impair, deflower, vitiate

Hypernym(s): damage





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