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spam

noun \ ˈspam \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spam

: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

Recent Examples of spam from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of spam

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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spam

verb

Definition of spam

spammed; spamming
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.

spammer

noun

Recent Examples of spam from the Web

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First Known Use of spam

1994

Other Telecommunications Terms


Spam

trademark

Definition of Spam

used for a canned meat product


SPAM Defined for English Language Learners

spam

noun

Definition of spam for English Language Learners

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


spam

verb

Definition of spam for English Language Learners

  • : to send unwanted e-mail to (someone)


Spam

trademark

Definition of Spam for English Language Learners

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


SPAM Defined for Kids

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spam

noun \ ˈspam \

Definition of spam for Students

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

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spam

verb

Definition of spam for Students

spammed; spamming
:to send spam to

spammer

\ˈspa-mər\ noun


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