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

Instagram engineers first used the tool in 2016 to seek out spam. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Inside Instagram's War on Bullying," 8 July 2019 This algorithm change effectively gives health misinformation, as the Washington Post puts it, the spam treatment. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Facebook says it will crack down on health misinformation," 8 July 2019 Instead of being used to create fake news, AI could churn out infinite blogs, websites, and marketing spam. James Vincent, The Verge, "Endless AI-generated spam risks clogging up Google’s search results," 2 July 2019 The technology works similarly to the way email services filter out spam. Brian Fung, CNN, "FTC reports a sharp increase in phone scams from criminals impersonating IRS, Social Security," 1 July 2019 For hospitals, though, the spam calls amount to a literal life-or-death challenge, one that increasingly is threatening doctors and patients in a setting where every second can count. Tony Romm, The Denver Post, "Robocalls are overwhelming hospitals and patients, threatening a new kind of health crisis," 23 June 2019 To make things more complicated, some of these spam listings appear on a map, but don’t have a visible address. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "How to Spot (and Avoid) Fake Google Maps Listings," 22 June 2019 The technology works by using algorithms and network scanning to identify unwanted calls, similar to how email providers scan for spam messages. Brian Fung, CNN, "Your phone carrier can now block robocalls by default," 6 June 2019 Free disposable emails There are millions of spam emails that get sent every day. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "15 tech upgrades you can get for free," 15 June 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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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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