AskDefine | Define spoilt

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1 (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war); "to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"
2 the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it; "her spoiling my dress was deliberate" [syn: spoiling, spoilage]
3 the act of stripping and taking by force [syn: spoliation, spoilation, despoilation, despoilment, despoliation]


1 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" [syn: botch, 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]
2 become unfit for consumption or use; "the meat must be eaten before it spoils" [syn: go bad]
3 alter from the original [syn: corrupt]
4 treat with excessive indulgence; "grandparents often pamper the children"; "Let's not mollycoddle our students!" [syn: pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, indulge]
5 hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: thwart, queer, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]
6 have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight" [syn: itch]
7 destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country" [syn: rape, despoil, violate, plunder]
8 make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty" [syn: mar, impair, deflower, vitiate] [also: spoilt]spoilt adj
1 having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention; "a spoiled child" [syn: spoiled]
2 (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: bad, spoiled]
3 affected by blight--anything that mars or events growth or prosperity; "a blighted rose"; "blighted urtan districts" [syn: blighted]spoilt See spoil

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Alternative spellings


  • /spɔɪlt/
  • /spOIlt/


  1. Of food, that has deteriorated to the point of no longer being usable or edible.
  2. In the context of "of a person": Having a character harmed by pampering etc.




  1. past of spoil
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