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.

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 Your email address could also be used to send spam to hackers and scammers without your knowledge. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Use Google? 5 new ways to secure your account," 26 Nov. 2020 But, instead of fishing through emails and doing endless online searches to find the items on your holiday wish lists, let the Chron Shopping team keep you organized and spam-free. Micolette Davis, Chron, "Need gift ideas? Here's your one-stop-shop for holiday deals in H-Town," 24 Nov. 2020 The site’s bare-bones community rules ban criminal content and spam but allow practically everything else. Washington Post, "Conservatives grumbling about censorship say they’re flocking to Parler. They told us so on Twitter.," 23 Nov. 2020 The preferred format is newsletters, sent to readers’ inboxes, where they’ll be wedged between Zoom meeting links, face-mask spam, and updates on your cousin’s wedding. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Tenuous Promise of the Substack Dream," 20 Nov. 2020 Cybersecurity experts say cybercriminals are spreading malware through email spam that alleges interference in the recent U.S. election. Grant Gross, Washington Examiner, "Emails alleging election interference spread malware," 12 Nov. 2020 Its community guidelines fit onto a few pages and address the most basic content problems: criminal activity and spam. NBC News, "A Twitter for conservatives? Parler surges amid election misinformation crackdown," 10 Nov. 2020 Voters should ensure neither email domain is filtered into a spam folder. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Elections Board debunks false rumors on Election Day: here are 6 to be aware of today," 3 Nov. 2020 The biggest problem for contact tracing may be, unexpectedly, the bombardment of the US population with spam phone calls. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Is it too late for the US to execute a pandemic plan?," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, even after Microsoft’s action, Trickbot was used to spam malware in the United States Friday, said Roman Hüssy, security researcher at abuse.ch, the nonprofit group that operates Feodo Tracker. Washington Post, "Security firms call Microsoft’s effort to disrupt botnet to protect against election interference ineffective," 16 Oct. 2020 This will cause future messages from that specific sender to be sent to your junk folder and help spam tracking systems that help everyone improve. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "Unsubscribe scams can work in many different ways. Here's how to protect your systems," 5 Oct. 2020 Google sends Republicans’ fundraising emails to spam. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Tech titans gave their House testimony virtually. But it was the congressmen who departed from reality.," 29 July 2020 Often times, they are used to spam or scam users, given how advanced some these bots can be in mimicking human conversational patterns. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "How good are you at spotting bots on dating-apps?," 11 July 2020 Assange indirectly asked that hacker to spam that company again, the U.S. said. Time, "WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Accused of Conspiring With LulzSec and Anonymous Hackers," 25 June 2020 Allowing every site to spam you with a permissions pop-up doesn't make sense. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Chrome to start blocking annoying notification requests," 8 Jan. 2020 Friend Spam: The product asks for your email or social media permissions under the pretense it will be used for a desirable outcome (like finding friends), but then spams all your contacts in a message that claims to be from you. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These 'Dark Patterns' Trick You Into Spending More Money Online," 5 Jan. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spam. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for spam

spam

noun
How to pronounce Spam (audio)

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)

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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