spoil VERB (past and past part. spoilt (chiefly Brit. ) or spoiled) 1) diminish or destroy the value or quality of. 2) (of food) become unfit for eating. 3) harm the character of (a child) by being too indulgent. 4) treat with great or excessive kindness. 5) (be spoiling for) be extremely or aggressively eager for. 6) mark (a ballot paper) incorrectly so as to invalidate one's vote.
NOUN 1) (spoils) stolen goods. 2) waste material brought up during the course of an excavation or a dredging or mining operation.
be spoilt for choice — Cf. ↑be spoilt for choice
DERIVATIVES spoilage noun.
ORIGIN Latin spoliare, from spolium 'plunder, skin stripped from an animal' , or a shortening of DESPOIL(Cf. ↑despoliation).

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