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

Translation of spoil in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle spoiled or (British also) spoilt

  • 1 1.1
    echar a perder
    these buildings have spoiled the town/coastline
    estos edificios han afeado la ciudad/la costa
    I don't want to spoil your fun but …
    no les quiero aguar la fiesta pero …
    the incident spoiled her chances of promotion
    el incidente dio al traste con sus perspectivas de ascenso
    it will spoil your appetite
    te quitará el apetito
    that will spoil your appetite for dinner
    si comes eso, luego no vas a tener ganas de cenar
    Example sentences
    • To say too much would be to spoil the occasion, but there are twists, turns and horrific blood curdling scenes of carnage.
    • Finally, at half past seven the guests agreed it was a pity to spoil a good dinner and seated themselves to a delicious meal.
    • Theater owners like to throw up their hands and blame the shortcomings of the patrons and films, but they're not acknowledging their role in spoiling a once-magical experience.
    1.2 (invalidate) spoiled or (British also)spoilt papers
    papeletas (feminine plural) nulas
    Example sentences
    • Even during the now-pivotal 2000 election, when Rage was so tight their voice actually could have made a difference, the band spoiled their ballot.
  • 2 (overindulge)
    mimar demasiado
    go on, spoil yourself there was so much to do that we were spoiled for choice
    había tantas cosas para hacer que no sabíamos qué elegir
    Example sentences
    • Until then I had been a very spoiled child by my mother, my grandpa and my maternal family which was kind of a biblical family.
    • Both husband and wife turn to Hunt for help, each implying that the other is mentally unbalanced, terrorizing or spoiling their only child, the five year old Alec.
    • Mrs. Reed is a rich, pretentious and condescending woman, and her children are terribly spoiled, cruel and rude.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle spoiled or (British also) spoilt

  • 1
    echarse a perder
    Example sentences
    • Did you know that honey is the only food that won't spoil?
    • Grapes consisted of an actual bunch hanging on a string; as it spoiled, individual grapes spatted on the floor.
    • Sometimes there are crops that won't grow, grain that spoils, or a piece of machinery turns out to be a lemon.
  • 2 (be eager) [colloquial]to be spoiling for something
    estar or andar buscando algo
    he's spoiling for trouble/a fight
    anda buscando camorra/pelea
    Example sentences
    • But the drama was only just beginning and, as the Lords began debating the bill, it became obvious that they were spoiling for a fight.
    • Not everyone, however, is spoiling for a fight.
    • Many of the girls who greeted Em warmly happened to date him at one time or another in their lives, and were spoiling for righteous retribution.


  • 1 (usually plural) the division of the spoil(s)
    el reparto del botín
    the spoils of war
    el botín or el trofeo de guerra
    the spoils of office
    las prebendas del puesto
    Example sentences
    • The spoils of plunder were divided between temples, with the victor keeping his share.
    • We've always been incredibly good at this sort of imperialistic thing of bringing back the spoils of our plunders overseas and putting a unique twist on them, and a little bit of dry British humor.
    • It's important that I get a fair share of the spoils.
  • 2 (waste) slag
    Example sentences
    • It also looks at how existing spoil heaps are being leveled and landscaped.
    • Down there in the mud the diggers heap spoil into piles.
    • Severe compaction sometimes occurs when the spoil or topsoil material is moved when too wet during the reclamation process.
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