Definition of spoiler
1a : one that spoilsb : 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 illustrationb : 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 of spoiler from the Web
Thankfully, both are worthwhile. [***SPOILERS ahead***]
A win for the Irish here could be a potential College Football Playoff spoiler for the Trojans.
Spoiler alert: Tom Cruise may want to buy some ear muffs.
Warning: Spoilers ahead if you're not caught up on Pretty Little Liars.
If you haven’t seen the two-part Season Two premiere yet, then hold off, because there are spoilers ahead.
Spoiler alert: the glue fails when the patient's mouth gets dry.)
Wanna know which sets to catch (spoiler: Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra should definitely be on your list)?
Spoiler alert: Sheldon and Amy should really be taking notes.
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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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