Share this entry

British English: /spɔɪl/
American English: /spɔɪl/

Translation of spoil in Italian:


  • (from excavation)
    detriti (masculine plural)

also: spoils plural noun

  • 2
    vantaggi (masculine) , benefici (masculine) , agevolazioni (feminine)
    guadagni (masculine) , profitti (masculine)
    of di
    vittorie (feminine)

transitive verb pass., p.pass. spoiled o spoilt (British English)

  • 1 (mar)
    (event, evening, game)
    (view) by doing facendo
    (place, taste, effect)
    it will spoil your appetite to spoil something for somebody
    rovinare qualcosa a qualcuno
    it'll spoil the film for us
    ci toglierà il piacere di vedere il film
    they spoil it o things for other people
    sono dei guastafeste
    to spoil somebody's enjoyment of something
    rovinare il divertimento a qualcuno
    why did you go and spoil everything? to spoil somebody's fun (thwart)
    guastare la festa a qualcuno
  • 2 (ruin)
    (crop, food) by doing facendo
    his lack of English spoiled his chances of getting the job
    non sapendo l'inglese, si giocò la possibilità di ottenere il lavoro
    to spoil somebody's plans
    mandare a rotoli i piani di qualcuno
  • 3 (pamper, indulge)
    (person, pet) by doing facendo
    to spoil somebody rotten [informal]
    viziare troppo qualcuno
    to spoil somebody with
    viziare qualcuno con
    (gift, trip)
    we've been spoiled living so close to the sea
    siamo stati abituati troppo bene a vivere così vicino al mare

intransitive verb pass., p.pass. spoiled o spoilt (British English)

  • (product, foodstuff, meat)
    guastarsi, andare a male, deteriorarsi
    your dinner will spoil!
    si fredda la cena!

reflexive verb pass., p.pass. spoiled o spoilt (British English)

  • to spoil oneself
    trattarsi bene, coccolarsi
    let's spoil ourselves and eat out!
    trattiamoci bene a andiamo a mangiare fuori!


to be spoiling for a fight

Definition of spoil in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day luxe
    Pronunciation: lʌks
    expensive and of high quality; luxurious