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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How much did his image shape what happened (no spoilers!) at his murder trial? Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Bootleg King and the Ambitious Prosecutor Who Took Him Down," 1 Aug. 2019 Some fans questioned whether the photo was a possible spoiler for Sansa's death this season. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Think Sophie Turner Posted a Spoiler About Sansa's Death on Instagram," 14 Apr. 2019 This story contains spoilers for The Kitchen and for the first episode of Why Women Kill. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Cheap Thrills of The Kitchen and Why Women Kill," 19 Aug. 2019 This post contains spoilers for all episodes of 13 Reasons Why. 1. Eliza Thompson, Seventeen, "All the Differences Between Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" and the Original Book," 16 Aug. 2019 Warning: this post contains minor spoilers for Euphoria’s season one finale. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Jungkook's BTS Solo "Euphoria" Was on the Soundtrack to HBO's "Euphoria" Season Finale," 5 Aug. 2019 This article contains spoilers for the complete final season of . Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Orange Is the New Black," 27 July 2019 After suffering a 14-3 defeat to a strong Elgin All-Star squad Friday afternoon, the boys will be playing the role of spoiler Saturday morning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood Blue All-Stars defeat Buffalo, White toppled by Elgin at Pinto 7U World Series," 12 July 2019 Warning: This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 3. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "'Stranger Things' Season 4 Will Tie up Loose Ends, but Feel Very Different," 10 July 2019

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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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