Synonyms of spoil in English:

spoil


See definition of spoil

verb

1‘too much sun spoils the complexion’

SYNONYMS

mar, damage, impair, blemish, disfigure, blight, flaw, deface, scar, injure, harm

ruin, destroy, wreck

be a blot on the landscape

rare disfeature

ANTONYMS

improve, enhance

2‘two days of rain spoiled all my plans’

SYNONYMS

ruin, wreck, destroy, upset, undo, mess up, make a mess of, dash, sabotage, scupper, scotch, torpedo, blast, vitiate

cast a shadow over, cast a pall over, cloud, darken, take the shine off, put a damper on, take the enjoyment out of, take the pleasure out of, take the edge off

upset someone's apple cart, cook someone's goose

informal foul up, louse up, muck up, queer, screw up, put the kibosh on, banjax, blow a hole in, do for, nix

British informal cock up, dish, muller, queer someone's pitch, throw a spanner in the works of

North American informal rain on someone's parade, throw a monkey wrench in the works of

Australian informal cruel, euchre

vulgar slang bugger up, fuck up, balls up

archaic bring to naught

ANTONYMS

further, help, enhance

3‘his sisters spoil him and so does his mother’

SYNONYMS

overindulge, pamper, indulge, mollycoddle, cosset, coddle, baby, spoon-feed, feather-bed, wait on hand and foot, cater to someone's every whim, wrap in cotton wool, overparent, kill with kindness

nanny, nursemaid

dote on

archaic cocker

ANTONYMS

neglect, treat harshly, be strict with

4‘I've got some ham that will spoil if we don't eat it tonight’

SYNONYMS

go bad, go off, go rancid, turn, go sour, sour, go mouldy, moulder, become addled, curdle, become rotten, rot, perish, decompose, decay, putrefy

ANTONYMS

keep


Phrases

    spoiling for

      ‘Cooper was spoiling for a fight’

      SYNONYMS

      eager for, itching for, looking for, keen to have, raring for, after, bent on, set on, on the lookout for, longing for

      spoil