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 In response, telecom companies have continued putting in place new technology that would indicate on customers' iPhones and Android devices when a call is likely real or spam, though not every carrier has adopted the system fully. Anchorage Daily News, "Scam robocalls are pitching fake coronavirus tests to vulnerable Americans," 19 Mar. 2020 Facebook fixes glitch that blocked links on coronavirus Facebook's vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said Tuesday that a bug in the social network's anti-spam system temporarily blocked links users tried to post about the coronavirus. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "March 18, 2020," 18 Mar. 2020 On the bright side, Microsoft and several partners recently brought down Necurs, the world’s largest spam and malware botnet, which is believed to have infected more than 9 million computers. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "America needs to get its act together, warns cyber commission," 11 Mar. 2020 The company also offers spam and teriyaki versions of loco moco. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Arizona Aloha Festival: The food, dances and everything else to see," 10 Mar. 2020 Otherwise the call can automatically be reported to Google as spam and the number will be blocked from calling you in the future. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsinites received 515 million robocalls last year -- up more than 80% in three years," 14 Feb. 2020 Today more than 50% of email is spam, but far more troubling issues have emerged — including denial of service attacks that can immobilize critical financial institutions and malicious botnets that can cripple essential infrastructure sectors. Leonard Kleinrock, Twin Cities, "Leonard Kleinrock: 50 years ago, I helped invent the internet. How did it go so wrong?," 18 Nov. 2019 Magellan said the purpose of the scam was to send out email spam and not to view or access contents of the emails. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "2 health data breaches hit Florida Blue, Aegis Medical members," 9 Nov. 2019 Google said the change amounts to a speed bump to creating calendar events that might be spam. David Ingram, NBC News, "Google employees worry a software tweak threatens to silence dissent at the company," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spam. Accessed 3 Apr. 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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