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 Sadly, the email from Spotlight asking me to lend my investigative prowess to their project must have gone to my spam folder. BostonGlobe.com, "The 14 worst people on the Mass Pike, ranked - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 Your email also can’t be sent to a spam filter or touched by a similar process, according to Lifewire’s handy checklist. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Nothing Good Ever Comes from Recalling an Email," 25 Sep. 2019 Although the campaign reported raising about $3 million in one day, more than half of the emails were caught in spam filters. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 The telecom industry recently received clearance from the FCC to begin blocking robocalls by default, using technology that can screen out unwanted calls much like spam filters send junk email to a separate folder. Brian Fung, CNN, "US government announces nationwide crackdown on robocallers," 25 June 2019 Duolingo's roots are in spam — or, rather, the fight against it. James Griffiths, CNN, "The internet threatened to speed up the death of endangered languages. Could it save them instead?," 4 Oct. 2019 In India, the app has been popularly adopted for spotting and managing users’ high spate of spam calls while in Nigeria a common use case sees Truecaller used to detect prospective fraudsters amid the country’s low-trust environment. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria is investigating a Swedish call blocking app for privacy breaches but exposes holes in its own laws," 24 Sep. 2019 The data include information on whether the address was reported as containing fake news, spam, or hate speech, and how many times it was shared without being clicked on. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Privacy concerns could derail unprecedented plan to use Facebook data to study elections," 24 Sep. 2019 But the iPhone will assume everything else is spam and send it straight to voice mail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update," 19 Sep. 2019 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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Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Spam.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spam. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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