Definition of spam in English:
1Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients.
- If you're a consumer and you get spam from a "legitimate" company, call them up and let them know how angry you are.
- E-mail and newsgroup spam are annoying, but at least they file neatly into your e-mail or newsgroup reader.
- There are other irritating blights of the Internet age, like spam.
1.1Unwanted or intrusive advertising on the Internet: [as modifier]: an autogenerated spam website
More example sentences
- Lycos is offering a screensaver which, once downloaded, would launch a Distributed Denial of Service attack against spam websites.
- The screensavers make constant http requests to spam websites.
- Most fly-by-night spam websites are registered for only a single year.
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Send the same message indiscriminately to (large numbers of recipients) on the Internet.
- Experts at Sophos have warned users to be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to contain photographs, after a Trojan horse was spammed to internet users.
- Normally when discussing the history of spam, we look back to a lawyer who spammed newsgroups about 10 years ago.
- This bulletin is being spammed via email and it tries to con users into downloading a new Microsoft security update.
1930s: apparently from sp(iced h)am.
- Example sentences
- They have recently implemented a new way of keeping out spammers on blog comments.
- Sadly enough, most spammers got your email address because you gave it to them!
- That page also has information on how to report spammers to their Internet providers.