Definition of spoiler in English:

spoiler

Line breaks: spoil¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈspɔɪlə
 
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noun

1A person or thing that spoils something: it is a sad thing that so many so-called book lovers are book spoilers
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  • But then again, if you've never seen the original film or read the book, spoilers are the least of your problems.
  • After all, so many people have read the books that spoilers aren't true spoilers.
  • Put some space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoiler.
1.1(Especially in a political context) a person who obstructs or prevents an opponent’s success while having no chance of winning a contest themselves: he is perceived as a genuine factor in the presidential election, a certified political spoiler
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  • He won 301 votes in the Electoral College, to 191 for Humphrey and 46 for George Wallace, yet another Southern spoiler.
1.2A news story published to divert attention from and reduce the impact of a similar item published elsewhere: the paper ran a spoiler
1.3A description of an important plot development in a television show, film, or book which if previously known may reduce surprise or suspense for a first-time viewer or reader.
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  • Either stop putting spoilers in your featurettes or plaster a huge spoiler warning at the beginning.
  • A theatrical trailer in anamorphic widescreen features some spoilers.
  • They're still putting warnings about spoiler in front of the interviews.
2A flap on the wing of an aircraft which can be projected in order to create drag and so reduce speed.
2.1A structure on a motor vehicle intended to improve roadholding when travelling at very high speeds.
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  • So he removed the boot spoiler which was on the 7 - Series.
  • Thankfully, the car is aerodynamically stable without the addition of an outrageous spoiler which has featured on some fast Fords in the past.
  • There wasn't a spoiler or an alloy wheel in sight.
3An electronic device for preventing unauthorized copying of sound recordings by means of a disruptive signal inaudible on the original.

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