\ ˈspam How to pronounce spam (audio) \

Essential Meaning of spam

informal : e-mail that is not wanted : e-mail that is sent to large numbers of people and that consists mostly of advertising tips to reduce spam a spam filter [=software that identifies and blocks spam]

Full Definition of spam

 (Entry 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


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

Other Words from spam


spammer noun

Examples of spam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drenik: How has the customer service landscape changed as scam and spam calls have become more common? Gary Drenik, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Like millions of Americans, business columnist David Lazarus gets spam calls almost every day. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 This was fairly easy 30 years ago, but today, most people no longer have landlines, and few people answer unknown cell phone numbers anymore thanks to a constant deluge of spam calls. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 5 Aug. 2021 Troia's company, Night Lion Security, published a report last year that identified by name several members of the hacker group with which the spam emails claimed Troia was affiliated. Grayson Quay, The Week, 14 Nov. 2021 MeWe, too, has documented reports from people whose Facebook posts mentioning MeWe were suppressed or flagged as spam. Mark Weinstein, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Finally, are your emails reaching the inbox, or are they getting filtered as spam? Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 June 2021 His request was granted, and advice was given on how to block the apparent spam messages. cleveland, 19 Dec. 2021 And now that Discord has become so popular, a lot of servers suffer from problems with spam. Cecilia D'anastasio Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 11 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And there are people who just spam out group invites, or page invites. Wired Staff, Wired, 15 Oct. 2021 In the past, these features have been used to discriminate against people or to spam them with unwanted messaging., 9 Nov. 2021 In the past, these features have been used to discriminate against people or to spam them with unwanted messaging. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 One internal post from March shows a Facebook employee believed a BJP worker was breaking the site’s rules to post inflammatory content and spam political posts. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 The idea is to prime users with reliable data before someone else can spam them with falsehoods. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Then the invite whales could spam the groups with posts promoting ethnic violence or other harmful content, according to the study. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 These communities have also been known to brigade other subreddits, meaning members would hop into other subreddits and spam them with falsehoods about the anti-parasite drug Ivermectin or the effectiveness of vaccines. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Sep. 2021 If it can be used to communicate with others, someone will use it to spam you. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of spam


1990, in the meaning defined above


1994, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spam


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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23 Jan 2022

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“Spam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for spam


\ ˈspam How to pronounce spam (audio) \

Kids Definition of spam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: email sent to a large number of addresses and usually containing advertising


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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