spoil·​er | \ ˈspȯi-lər \

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

Note: There are some spoilers for the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ahead. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Does The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Still Sparkle in Season 2?," 5 Dec. 2018 The Rams are good, but the Saints have already beaten them, the Bears and Panthers can be handfuls, and then there is a whole slew of .500 or so teams priming to be December spoilers. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Chiefs vs. Rams Is Your Monday Night Plan," 18 Nov. 2018 Warning: There are some major The Big Bang Theory season 12 spoilers ahead. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Season 12 of 'The Big Bang Theory'," 11 Sep. 2018 While there doesn't seem to be any apparent spoilers about the more supernatural goings-on in Hawkins in the spot, Variety points out that there are a few things worth noting in the clip. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "This "Stranger Things" Season 3 Teaser Is Just an Advertisement for a Mall," 16 July 2018 Image Which brings us to the darkest moment in her animated story (beware — there are spoilers ahead). Kaly Soto, New York Times, "The Creator of ‘Bao’ on That Twist: ‘Part of Me Wanted to Shock Audiences’," 27 June 2018 Don’t worry, there are no Bachelorette finale spoilers ahead. refinery29.com, "Has The Real World Completely Ruined The Bachelorette Fantasy?," 19 June 2018 Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the movie Adrift, and the real-life story on which it is based. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tami Oldham Ashcraft, Real-Life Survivor Behind 'Adrift' Movie, Addresses That Big Twist Ending," 8 June 2018 Warning: This Is Us season 3, episode 8 spoilers ahead! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Missed a Sneak Peek Clip That Hints at What’s to Come for Tess," 21 Nov. 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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