Definition of spoiler in English:

spoiler

noun

  • 1A person or thing that spoils something.

    • ‘But then again, if you've never seen the original film or read the book, spoilers are the least of your problems.’
    • ‘If you've not seen it, there's nothing I can say that's not a spoiler.’
    • ‘There are no spoilers in this post, because for now I'm mainly interested in persuading you to go see it.’
    • ‘A theatrical trailer in anamorphic widescreen features some spoilers.’
    • ‘And no, I don't think that was a spoiler because without the context, the line makes no sense.’
    • ‘After all, so many people have read the books that spoilers aren't true spoilers.’
    • ‘That really interests me as as a spoiler and a tension builder at the same time.’
    • ‘Without giving away too many spoilers, even though we are deep into the story's endgame by this stage, I'll give you a rundown of what has been added or changed.’
    • ‘Put some space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoiler.’
    • ‘If this doesn't sound like a very inviting synopsis, you can consult the back of the DVD cover for a more thrilling one: It contains a massive spoiler, but it makes the story sound a lot more exciting and gritty.’
    • ‘I won't drop spoilers in the first post as I really liked not having a clue about what the film was about.’
    • ‘It also contains many spoilers about how the story is resolved.’
    • ‘The title of the movie is a spoiler, and so is the entire raison d'être - it's a revenge thriller, everyone knows what's going to happen.’
    • ‘One caveat: the feature lets loose with spoilers aplenty for later seasons, including several major developments.’
    • ‘It's a difficult film to review without spoilers but here's my try.’
    • ‘If this happened in the trailer, we'd call it a spoiler.’
    • ‘Incidentaly, this all fits in very nicely with a spoiler I read a while ago - if it plays out it should be a good movie.’
    • ‘The story, simply and without spoilers, is of a French Army Captain and his wife, who are blissfully married.’
    • ‘For example, here's another spoiler: there's another episode that deals with a bomb placed in a cricket ball at a home counties cricket match.’
    • ‘If you want to read a complete review with more spoilers, then look elsewhere.’
    1. 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 won 301 votes in the Electoral College, to 191 for Humphrey and 46 for George Wallace, yet another Southern spoiler.’
    2. 1.2 A description of an important plot development in a television show, movie, or book which if previously known may reduce surprise or suspense for a first-time viewer or reader.
      • ‘The finale is where the true incredulity is borne, as our hero (spoiler alert!)’
      • ‘They're still putting warnings about spoiler in front of the interviews.’
      • ‘That's all I can write without creating potential spoilers.’
      • ‘For those who have seen the first four seasons, even describing the plot set-up that occurs during the first couple of episodes would involve some major spoilers.’
      • ‘I will try to keep this review as free of spoilers as possible, but the nature of the film requires some revelation.’
      • ‘Put some space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoiler.’
      • ‘The story is always moving forward, and was so engaging that I resented the "spoilers" on the back of the box.’
      • ‘Expect some spoilers about the film.’
      • ‘Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't read this week's Radio Times.’
      • ‘Still waiting for season 2 dvd to arrive, so no spoilers please.’
      • ‘I hope that wasn't a spoiler for those who haven't seen any romances in the last 30 years.’
      • ‘Lots of spoilers here and not very interesting to watch.’
      • ‘A theatrical trailer in anamorphic widescreen features some spoilers.’
      • ‘Spoiler alert: there are lots of explosions.’
      • ‘The decreasing number of spoilers, accurate or not, hasn't lessened the enthusiasm of the online community to see the show on TV.’
      • ‘Either stop putting spoilers in your featurettes or plaster a huge spoiler warning at the beginning.’
      • ‘The trailer is much the worse for wear, and gives a mix of spoilers and outright disinformation.’
      • ‘Let me give you one instance of how Levin structures suspense (no spoilers ahead, I promise) from the first part of the film.’
      • ‘Explaining more would require spoilers, which I'm not going to indulge in here.’
      • ‘There be spoilers ahead, although it's a documentary, so I don't know how much of it is really a spoiler.’
    3. 1.3 A news story published to divert attention from and reduce the impact of a similar item published elsewhere.
      news item, news report, article, feature, piece
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  • 2A flap on the wing of an aircraft or glider that can be projected in order to create drag and so reduce speed.

    1. 2.1 A device on the front or rear of a motor vehicle intended to prevent it from being lifted off the road when traveling at very high speeds.
      • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

spoiler

/ˈspoilər/