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Definition of "spoiler" []

  • One who seizes spoils or booty. (noun)
  • Something that causes spoilage. (noun)
  • A long, narrow hinged plate on the upper surface of an airplane wing that reduces lift and increases drag when raised. (noun)
  • An air deflector mounted usually at the rear of an automobile to reduce lift at high speeds. (noun)
  • A candidate for office whose chances of winning are slight but who may get enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spoiler" in a sentence
  • "But when asked about the term 'spoiler', Paul had this to say: "I have no idea what exactly spoiler means," Paul said recently while in New Hampshire."
  • "The term "spoiler" takes on new meaning when images of food that are shared with abandon ruin, for everybody else, the presentation and surprise that the chef intended."
  • "Though the title spoiler issue is rendered moot whenever the reader waves their mouse over the link."