spam

noun
\ˈspam \

Definition of spam 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as e-mails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places

spam

verb
spammed; spamming

Definition of spam (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to send or post spam to spammed customers with discount offers spamming a message board

intransitive verb

: to send or post spam The company was accused of spamming via text messages.

Spam

trademark

Definition of Spam (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a canned meat product

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Other Words from spam

Verb

spammer noun

Examples of spam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, the company’s efforts are focused on identifying and suspending accounts that violate Twitter’s spam policies. Mark Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Paying to be popular: inside social media’s black market for fake followers," 27 Jan. 2018 Verizon, for example, offers a spam filter app that can block calls based on the risk level set by the user. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Nearly half all cell phone calls will be scams by 2019, report says," 21 Sep. 2018 Smaller snacks, like spam musubi and lumpia (vegan or porky), are a bargain, offering big flavor for five bucks or less. Jill Lightner, The Seattle Times, "Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe: sweet treats and Hawaiian snacks at great prices," 1 Oct. 2018 The 38-year-old Russian’s botnet, which dated back to 2010, spanned more than 10,000 machines and was primarily used to send out spam, steal logins, distribute ransomware, and more. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Russian man pleads guilty, admits he ran notorious Kelihos botnet," 13 Sep. 2018 The company, which promotes itself as a place for public conversation about news and events, has long been criticized for making it too easy for malicious actors to create multiple spam accounts. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Twitter ramps up fight against abuse and malicious bots," 26 June 2018 Verizon’s Caller Name ID service can send spam numbers to voice mail. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Why Are There So Many Robocalls? Here’s What You Can Do About Them," 4 July 2018 Google also mentioned the need to build spam controls into the system preventing it from being turned into a robocaller. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 The update comes several months after the social network was criticized for using people's two-factor authentication phone numbers to send them spam messages, a problem Facebook later admitted was a bug. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Is Beefing Up Its Two-Factor Authentication," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

TechCrunch reports Facebook is also considering a limit on how many people one can express interest in, so that users can’t just spam everyone with cheesy one-liners. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Facebook Dating offerings can be seen in leaked pre-launch screenshots," 6 Aug. 2018 Pichai also suggested Google will use the automated caller to check when businesses close, using Duplex to spam them and ask for opening hours, updating Google's own listings in Maps with the information. Nicole Kobie, Teen Vogue, "Why Google Duplex Calls Should Concern All of Us," 11 May 2018 Your opponent could spam you with cheaper, Tier-1 units or hunker down with enough defenses and food-producing farms to eventually go all Tier-3 on your ass. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tooth and Tail review: Delightful, rodent-riddled StarCraft for the rest of us," 17 Sep. 2017 Credit Karma was careful not to spam members with incessant emails. Ben Steverman, chicagotribune.com, "Credit Karma claims half of U.S. millennials. What's the draw?," 31 July 2017 Just try not to spam his or her email 10 times a day. Rebecca Kravetz, Cosmopolitan, "7 Ways to Make Your Boss Fall in Love With You," 8 Oct. 2014

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First Known Use of spam

Noun

1990, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1994, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spam

Noun

from a skit on the British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus in which chanting of the word Spam overrides the other dialogue

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The first known use of spam was in 1990

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spam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spam

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: e-mail that is not wanted : e-mail that is sent to large numbers of people and that consists mostly of advertising

spam

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spam (Entry 2 of 3)

: to send unwanted e-mail to (someone)

Spam

trademark

English Language Learners Definition of Spam (Entry 3 of 3)

—used for a type of meat that is sold in cans

spam

noun
\ˈspam \

Kids Definition of spam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: e-mail sent to a large number of addresses and usually containing advertising

spam

verb
spammed; spamming

Kids Definition of spam (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send spam to

Other Words from spam

spammer \ˈspa-​mər \ noun

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