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: unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as emails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places


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spammed; spamming

transitive verb

: to send or post spam to
spammed customers with discount offers
spamming a message board

intransitive verb

: to send or post spam
The company was accused of spamming via text messages.
spammer noun


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used for a canned meat product

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Tap or click for convincing spam that landed in my email with not-so-obvious red flags. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Yoel Roth, the executive who oversaw Twitter’s efforts to tackle hate speech, misinformation and spam on the platform, resigned on Thursday, according to media reports. Time, 11 Nov. 2022 Paid Verification is a strong (not perfect) signal of humanness, which helps fight bots and spam. José Adorno, BGR, 9 Nov. 2022 The scam may also have benefited from changes to how Gmail identified spam in the run-up to the US midterm elections. Zachary M. Seward, Quartz, 8 Nov. 2022 Musk has claimed this is the only way to crack down on spam and bots, and also necessary to make Twitter into a profitable company. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2022 Musk proposed the new feature as a way to fight spam on the platform. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, 7 Nov. 2022 Many worry that overhauling Twitter will lead to an explosion of hate speech and spam on the platform. CBS News, 5 Nov. 2022 The new leadership team is asking questions about every aspect of the business, including details of content moderation, spam and the risks of upcoming elections, the people said. Arkansas Online, 1 Nov. 2022
Republican lawmakers and strategists drew on a March study published by researchers at North Carolina State University finding that Gmail sent 77% of right-wing candidate emails to spam in 2020, compared with 10% of left-wing candidate emails. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2022 But what Google failed to mention during the keynote was how some businesses are abusing a feature of RCS to spam Google Messages users with ads. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 May 2022 Other options, probably an auto-loading rocket launcher to spam in between grenade throws. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 29 May 2022 Twitter has had a history of battling fake, spam and bot accounts, some of which were previously found to spread misinformation and abuse. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Walking back any those efforts would unquestionably bring more hate, misinformation, propaganda, harassment, and spam back on the platform. Scott Nover, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2022 After Yang arrives amidst the rise of AI celebrities, helpers, and companions, who spam our social media platforms and are rapidly filling out metaverse worlds. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 31 Mar. 2022 The point of renaming larger groups is not only to retain and spam the already-existing community but to also appear higher in Facebook’s search and recommendations bar, which helps lend credibility to those curious about the movement. NBC News, 12 Feb. 2022 Average bad guys in DL2 are never clever enough to compel players to do more than spam the most powerful, obvious options or avoid combat altogether by either sneaking or running away. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History



from a skit on the British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus in which chanting of the word Spam overrides the other dialogue

First Known Use


1990, in the meaning defined above


1994, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of spam was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Spam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

spam 1 of 2


: unsolicited usually commercial e-mail sent to a large number of addresses


2 of 2


: to send spam to
spammer noun

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