spoiler

noun

spoil·​er ˈspȯi-lər How to pronounce spoiler (audio)
1
a
: one that spoils
b
: one (such as a political candidate) having little or no chance of winning but capable of depriving a rival of success
2
a
: a long narrow plate along the upper surface of an airplane wing that may be raised for reducing lift and increasing drag see airplane illustration
b
: an air deflector on an automobile to reduce the tendency to lift off the road at high speeds
3
: information about the plot of a motion picture or TV program that can spoil a viewer's sense of surprise or suspense
also : a person who discloses such information

Examples of spoiler in a Sentence

The review contains a few spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie.
Recent Examples on the Web This post contains spoilers for the sixth episode of The Bear Season Three. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2024 By Megan McCluskey July 1, 2024 3:02 PM EDT Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 3 of House of the Dragon Season 2. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 1 July 2024 This post contains spoilers for all 10 episodes of Season 3 of The Bear. Dave Nemetz, TVLine, 30 June 2024 While major plot developments — including guest stars — have been withheld to preserve the viewing experience, the network has requested spoiler warnings on all reviews. Alison Herman, Variety, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for spoiler 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoiler was in the 15th century

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“Spoiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoiler. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

spoiler

noun
spoil·​er ˈspȯi-lər How to pronounce spoiler (audio)
1
a
: one that spoils
b
: one (as a political candidate) having little or no chance of winning but capable of depriving a rival of success
2
: a device (as on an airplane or automobile) used to disrupt airflow and decrease lift
3
: information about the plot of a book, motion picture, or television program that can spoil a reader's or a viewer's sense of surprise or suspense

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