spoiler

noun
spoil·​er | \ ˈspȯi-lər How to pronounce spoiler (audio) \

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.

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But given Tarantino’s involvement, the spoiler warnings make more sense. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism makes his movies better suited for the future," 1 Aug. 2019 People who have been sharing spoilers have already been getting into all kinds of trouble around the world. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Teachers Are Threatening Students with "Avengers: Endgame" Spoilers To Get Them To Behave In Class and I’m Outraged," 3 May 2019 Scientists developed a deep neural network to identify deepfakes and an A.I. to protect people from reading spoilers. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019 As their options dwindle, Beijing may be forced to grin and bear a Hong Kong spoiler to their national day, but with the Communist Party's pride at stake, any over-the-top October 1 protests could be met with an escalation from the government. Ben Westcott, CNN, "The date which has both Hong Kong and Beijing on edge," 14 Sep. 2019 Warning: This post contains spoilers and results from season 14 of America's Got Talent. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "All the 'America's Got Talent' Results Spoilers You Could Ever Want," 29 Aug. 2019 This post contains major spoilers for Season 2, Episode 3 of Succession. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Succession Bores Into the Power of Fear," 25 Aug. 2019 How much did his image shape what happened (no spoilers!) at his murder trial? Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Bootleg King and the Ambitious Prosecutor Who Took Him Down," 1 Aug. 2019 Some fans questioned whether the photo was a possible spoiler for Sansa's death this season. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Think Sophie Turner Posted a Spoiler About Sansa's Death on Instagram," 14 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of spoiler

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

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spoiler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoiler

: a political candidate who cannot win but who prevents another candidate from winning by taking away votes
chiefly US : a person or team that surprisingly defeats a competitor that is expected to win
: information about the things that happen in a movie, book, etc., that spoils the surprise or suspense for someone who has not seen it or read it yet

spoiler

noun
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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