1 of 3


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


2 of 3


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


3 of 3


used for a canned meat product

Examples of spam in a Sentence

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In the meantime, the surge in AI spam is turning off many people. Shannon Bond, NPR, 14 May 2024 But clearer content policies would give Meta more authority to tackle AI spam on WhatsApp channels. Parmy Olson, Twin Cities, 10 May 2024
And some of those spam messages are blatantly spam too. Gene Marks, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Thankfully, Swifties have at least a few extra days to spam her onto the top of their personal charts. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for spam 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1990, in the meaning defined above


1994, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of spam was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Spam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: unsolicited usually commercial email sent to a large number of addresses


2 of 2 verb
: to send spam to
spammer noun

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