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.
Recent Examples on the Web Police are looking for a red Honda Accord with a spoiler after the car struck a Manchester patrol car early Thursday. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Honda Accord with spoiler hits patrol car, flees, Manchester police say," 8 Oct. 2020 Even the most spoiler-averse fans out there know that some crazy stuff happened in the upcoming 16th season, which stars Clare Crawley and was filmed over the summer in a quarantine bubble. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The Bachelorette preview: 'Can we get a new Bachelorette in here?'," 6 Oct. 2020 The same 2018 fraud scandal is still hovering over Taylor, whose former campaign staffers were charged with forging signatures on a petition to try to get a third-party spoiler candidate on the ballot in 2018. Washington Post, "In Virginia swing district, bitter rematch for Republican Scott Taylor and Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria," 29 Sep. 2020 The automaker was also testing a 1300-hp tri-motor performance version of the car with flared fenders and a rear spoiler, which Lucid says will be available in fall 2021 or early 2022. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "We Air-Ride Along as Lucid Tests Its Air EV ahead of Production," 24 Sep. 2020 And everything was working out perfectly until the spoiler at the finish lane. Star Tribune, "Canterbury Park's unusual season saluted in Paul Allen's call of final race," 18 Sep. 2020 Instead, 2020 has hardened his imagine as the spoiled spoiler. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Novak Djokovic's moment of boneheadedness will ripple across tennis, U.S. Open history," 7 Sep. 2020 The rear spoiler may not be appropriately bonded to its mounting plate. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020 Our chart guru, Joe Sullivan, analyzed the likely effects of Seattle’s plans to cut back its police force (spoiler: not good). Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 24," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of spoiler

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

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“Spoiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoiler. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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