1 ruin, destroy, wreck, queer, mess up, upset, demolish, harm, damage, Colloq kill:
You really spoiled everything by telling Mum about my pet frog. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
2 damage, mar, injure, harm, deface, disfigure, scar, blemish:
The painting was spoiled by some fanatic who slashed it.
3 baby, mollycoddle, coddle, indulge, pamper, dote on, spoonfeed, Rare cocker:
Barbara really spoils her family terribly by indulging their every whim.
4 turn, go off or bad, curdle, moulder, decay, decompose, become addle(d), rot, putrefy, mildew:
The milk will spoil if not refrigerated.
5 be spoiling for. itch (for or after), yearn (for), be eager (for), be keen (for), look for, be bent on, be desirous of, crave, be after:
If you give Tom a drink he'll be spoiling for a fight. Oh, I thought he was always spoiling for a fight.
6 spoils. loot, booty, plunder, pillage, prizes, pickings, Slang swag, take, goods, boodle:
The Nazis took the paintings as spoils of war.
1 make sth useless/unsuccessful/not very good
Her selfish behaviour completely spoiled the evening.
| rather, slightly, somewhat
VERB + SPOIL
mustn't, not be going to, not want to
I don't want to spoil things for everyone else.
| be a pity to
It would be a pity to spoil the surprise.
| try to | not let sth
Don't let the bad weather spoil your holiday.
2 a child
spoiling the children with expensive toys
be completely/thoroughly/utterly spoilt
Those children are thoroughly spoilt!
| spoil sb rotten
My grandparents used to spoil me rotten.
| a spoilt brat/child
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