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Pronunciation: /spɔɪl/

Translation of spoil in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado spoiled or (in British English also/en inglés británico también) , spoilt)

  • 1 1.1 [party/evening] echar a perder, estropear, arruinar 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 1.2 (invalidate) anular spoiled o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) 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) [child] consentir*, malcriar*, mimar demasiado go on, spoil yourself vamos, date un gusto 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/verbo intransitivo (past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado spoiled or (in British English also/en inglés británico también) , spoilt)

  • 1 [food/meal] echarse a perder, estropearse
    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.
    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/familiar] to be spoiling for sth 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/generalmente en plural) botín (masculine) 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

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