Synonyms of spoil in English:



  • 1 too much sun spoils the complexion
    mar, damage, impair, blemish, disfigure, blight, flaw, deface, scar, injure, harm; ruin, destroy, wreck; be a blot on the landscape
    rare disfeature
    [Antonyms] improve enhance
  • 2 two days of rain spoiled all my plans
    ruin, wreck, destroy, upset, undo, mess up, make a mess of, dash, sabotage, scupper, scotch, torpedo, blast, vitiate; cast a shadow over, cast a pall over, cloud, darken, take the shine off, put a damper on, take the enjoyment/pleasure out of, take the edge off; upset someone's apple cart, cook someone's goose
    informal foul up, louse up, muck up, queer, screw up, put the kibosh on, banjax, blow a hole in, do for, nix
    British informal cock up, dish, muller, queer someone's pitch, throw a spanner in the works of
    North American informal rain on someone's parade, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
    Australian informal cruel, euchre
    vulgar slang bugger up, fuck up, balls up
    [Antonyms] further help, enhance
  • 3 his sisters spoil him and so does his mother
    overindulge, pamper, indulge, mollycoddle, cosset, coddle, baby, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wait on hand and foot, cater to someone's every whim, wrap in cotton wool, overparent, kill with kindness; nanny, nursemaid; dote on
    archaic cocker
    [Antonyms] neglect treat harshly be strict with
  • 4 I've got some ham that will spoil if we don't eat it tonight
    go bad, go off, go rancid, turn, go sour, sour, go mouldy, moulder, become addled, curdle, become rotten, rot, perish, decompose, decay, putrefy
    [Antonyms] keep
  • Phrases

    spoiling for

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