spam

noun
\ ˈspam How to pronounce spam (audio) \

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

It has also built in features designed to prevent unwanted messages, photos and spam. Barbara Ortutay, BostonGlobe.com, "Can Facebook tackle your love life, too?," 5 Sep. 2019 The Senate passed legislation to rein in spam calls by a vote of 97 to 1 in May. The House passed its own version of robocall legislation nearly unanimously in late July — just three of Congress' 435 members voted against it. Emily Cadei, Anchorage Daily News, "Americans are sick of robocalls. Can Congress agree on how to block them?," 13 Aug. 2019 About 90% of the requests submitted last weekend were spam, and after the bogus reports were screened out, there did not appear to have been an increase in actual reports of people living outside, said city spokesperson Cyndi Wilder. Anchorage Daily News, "City of Seattle spammed with fake alerts after poster campaign to report homeless campers goes viral," 27 July 2019 Gabbard also offered no concrete evidence for her other claim—that Gmail routed her campaign emails to the spam folder at a higher rate than other presidential candidates. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sues Google for ad censorship," 26 July 2019 The lawsuit also alleges—without citing evidence—that Google is purposefully putting Gabbard at a disadvantage by tweaking its Gmail algorithms, resulting in communications from her campaign going to the spam folders of recipients. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Tulsi Gabbard’s Google Lawsuit Is About ‘Paranoia’ Against Big Tech, Says Legal Expert," 26 July 2019 When Congress adopted the government’s anti-robocall rules in 1991, lawmakers specifically cited consumers’ complaints that automated spam calls were tying up critical emergency lines. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis," 23 June 2019 The House introduced bipartisan compromise bill on robocalls, requiring phone carriers to offer screening technology to identify and block spam calls at no additional cost to customers within 18 months of the law being enacted. SFChronicle.com, "ICYMI: T-Mobile battle heats up, Boring flamethrower may have to chill," 21 June 2019 The company has struggled, as most social media companies have, with disinformation campaigns, malicious behavior and spam. David Goldman, CNN, "Twitter says it's anti-spam campaign is working," 26 July 2019

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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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spam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spam

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal : 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 How to pronounce spam (audio) \

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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