spoil·​er | \ˈspȯi-lər \

Definition of spoiler 

1a : 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

2a : 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

For those that want to go into the coming game with some sense of surprise, though, treat the next two weeks of Internet surfing as a potential minefield of unintended spoilers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo struggles to contain massive Smash Bros. Ultimate leaks," 26 Nov. 2018 Warning: This article contains spoilers for the season premiere of The Conners. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "‘The Conners’ Fans Were Outraged by How the Show Killed Off Roseanne’s Character Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 None of the sections are predictable, and in all of them, somebody dies, though that’s not much of a spoiler since with writing this kooky and unpredictable there’s no telling what the end of the story will be from the beginning. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an old West folk tale, with a signature Coen brothers twist," 15 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, the tattoo doesn’t give too much away in terms of spoilers for how Daenerys’ epic story may conclude in the eighth season of Game of Thrones, set to air in the first half of next year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Got The Perfect 'Game of Thrones' Tribute Tattoo in Honor of Her Character, Daenerys Targaryen," 20 Sep. 2018 Sophie, on the other hand, obtained an equally newsworthy tat in June — one that just might contain a major Game of Thrones spoiler too. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Get Tattoos for Their Grandfathers," 22 July 2018 Major spoilers ahead for this season of Modern Family. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Modern Family" Revealed Major News for Sarah Hyland's Character Haley," 8 Nov. 2018 No spoilers, but these two main narrative threads may get intertwined and messy accordingly. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 There are three meatless recipes, two salmon recipes, and two recipes that contain meat (which, spoiler, is bacon). Christine Byrne, SELF, "7 Stovetop Summer Dinners From 1 Grocery List," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of spoiler

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

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spoil·​er | \ˈspȯi-lər\

Kids Definition of spoiler

1 : a person or thing that spoils something A spoiler beat the predicted winner.

2 : a device (as on an airplane or automobile) that controls the flow of air and lift

3 : information about the plot of a book, movie, or television show that spoils the surprise or suspense for a reader or viewer

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