spoiler

noun spoil·er \ ˈspȯi-lər \

Definition of spoiler

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

  1. The review contains a few spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie.

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First Known Use of spoiler

15th century


SPOILER Defined for Kids

spoiler

noun spoil·er \ ˈspȯi-lər \

Definition of spoiler for Students

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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