Definition of spoiler in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘There are no spoilers in this post, because for now I'm mainly interested in persuading you to go see it.’
    • ‘One caveat: the feature lets loose with spoilers aplenty for later seasons, including several major developments.’
    • ‘The story, simply and without spoilers, is of a French Army Captain and his wife, who are blissfully married.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this happened in the trailer, we'd call it a spoiler.’
    • ‘If you've not seen it, there's nothing I can say that's not 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.’
    • ‘After all, so many people have read the books that spoilers aren't true spoilers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That really interests me as as a spoiler and a tension builder at the same time.’
    • ‘If you want to read a complete review with more spoilers, then look elsewhere.’
    • ‘And no, I don't think that was a spoiler because without the context, the line makes no sense.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a difficult film to review without spoilers but here's my try.’
    • ‘Put some space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoiler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A theatrical trailer in anamorphic widescreen features some spoilers.’
    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. 1.2A 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.
      • ‘A theatrical trailer in anamorphic widescreen features some spoilers.’
      • ‘I hope that wasn't a spoiler for those who haven't seen any romances in the last 30 years.’
      • ‘The finale is where the true incredulity is borne, as our hero (spoiler alert!)’
      • ‘I will try to keep this review as free of spoilers as possible, but the nature of the film requires some revelation.’
      • ‘The trailer is much the worse for wear, and gives a mix of spoilers and outright disinformation.’
      • ‘There be spoilers ahead, although it's a documentary, so I don't know how much of it is really a spoiler.’
      • ‘The decreasing number of spoilers, accurate or not, hasn't lessened the enthusiasm of the online community to see the show on TV.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lots of spoilers here and not very interesting to watch.’
      • ‘Spoiler alert: there are lots of explosions.’
      • ‘That's all I can write without creating potential spoilers.’
      • ‘Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't read this week's Radio Times.’
      • ‘Either stop putting spoilers in your featurettes or plaster a huge spoiler warning at the beginning.’
      • ‘Explaining more would require spoilers, which I'm not going to indulge in here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still waiting for season 2 dvd to arrive, so no spoilers please.’
      • ‘They're still putting warnings about spoiler in front of the interviews.’
      • ‘Let me give you one instance of how Levin structures suspense (no spoilers ahead, I promise) from the first part of the film.’
      • ‘Put some space between the spoiler warning and the actual spoiler.’
    3. 1.3A news story published to divert attention from and reduce the impact of a similar item published elsewhere.
  • 2A flap on the wing of an aircraft or glider that can be projected in order to create drag and so reduce speed.

    1. 2.1A 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.