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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Without giving away any spoilers for the holiday episode, or its upcoming fifth season, Levy discussed his longtime love affair with fashion, his Jil Sander grail items, and one Helmut Lang hoodie used to genius effect in the show. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Schitt’s Creek Is Giving the Gift of Fashion This Holiday Season—and All 2019 Long," 20 Dec. 2018 For those who haven't watched the first three episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's second season, light spoilers ahead! Marin Hinkle does not share a fashion sense with Rose Weissman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 Some spoilers follow for This Mortal Coil (but not This Cruel Design). Devon Maloney, The Verge, "I want to buy this YA trilogy about gene-hacking for every teen I know," 11 Nov. 2018 In the past, the only alternative to avoiding spoilers on your News Feed was to avoid Facebook altogether. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "A New Facebook Control Helps You Avoid Spoiler Alerts," 27 June 2018 And for its part, the WFP, formed out of the long shadow of Ralph Nader’s disastrous 2000 presidential campaign, made its mission to pull Democrats to the left in primaries, and vowed never to play the spoiler like the Greens did to Al Gore. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Working Families Party Mulls All-out War With Cuomo," 7 June 2018 Not to give any spoilers for below, the two also agree the Indians are the only team headed of the playoffs from the Central. Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press, "MLB predictions: Choosing league winners, postseason teams and awards," 27 Mar. 2018 The judge has played the role of spoiler to Trump on another Obama administration policy reversal — the contentious Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales," 12 Dec. 2018 Warning: This post contains a major spoiler for A Star Is Born. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 A Star Is Born Easter Eggs That You May Have Missed," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of spoiler

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

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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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