spoiler

noun

spoil·​er ˈspȯi-lər How to pronounce spoiler (audio)
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

Example Sentences

The review contains a few spoilers, so don't read it if you haven't seen the movie.
Recent Examples on the Web This model nails the sloping nose with headlights, the cockpit and canopy, and the rear spoiler. Sal Vaglica, Car and Driver, 21 Jan. 2023 Cate Blanchett is expected to win best actress (drama), which will further indicate that the best actress Oscar race is probably between these two powerhouses, with The Fabelmans’ Michelle Williams a possible spoiler. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2023 The Detroit Lions — eliminated from playoff contention earlier Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams — pushed past their disappointment and played the spoiler role, rallying to beat the Green Bay Packers 20-16 on Sunday night. David Brandt, Chicago Tribune, 9 Jan. 2023 If the Seahawks beat the Rams Sunday afternoon, the Lions will be relegated to the spoiler role on Sunday Night Football. Catena Media, al, 8 Jan. 2023 Of course, the spoiler got around and fans didn't hesitate to make light-hearted jokes about it on Netflix's announcement post. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 6 Jan. 2023 Not to mention that having Ryan Reynolds reveal this massive Deadpool 3 spoiler alongside the release date reveal lit the internet on fire. Chris Smith, BGR, 1 Jan. 2023 From the perspective of modernism, Braque’s bit of wallpaper was a nifty spoiler to both coherent illusion and abstraction. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 29 Dec. 2022 The Rams are in an unexpected spoiler role, but Baker Mayfield has played well in two starts at SoFi Stadium. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoiler was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spoiler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoiler. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

spoiler

noun
spoil·​er ˈspȯi-lər How to pronounce spoiler (audio)
1
a
: one that spoils
b
: one (as a political candidate) having little or no chance of winning but capable of depriving a rival of success
2
: a device (as on an airplane or automobile) used to disrupt airflow and decrease lift
3
: information about the plot of a book, motion picture, or television program that can spoil a reader's or a viewer's sense of surprise or suspense

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