1. [ verb ] make a mess of, destroy or ruin
Synonyms: louse_up fuck_up flub muck_up blunder mess_up foul_up ball_up mishandle muff bungle blow fumble bollix bollocks_up bobble fluff bollix_up bollocks screw_up botch_up bumble botch

"I botched the dinner and we had to eat out" "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

Related terms: fail blurt_out blunder bungler fluff ballup screwup
2. [ verb ] alter from the original
Synonyms: corrupt
Related terms: modify adulterate spoliation
3. [ verb ] become unfit for consumption or use
Synonyms: go_bad

"the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

Related terms: decay addle curdle spoilage
4. [ verb ] hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
Synonyms: frustrate thwart foil cross bilk baffle scotch queer

"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge" "foil your opponent"

Related terms: prevent discourage disappoint short-circuit dash ruin double_cross frustrating frustration cross
5. [ verb ] treat with excessive indulgence
Synonyms: coddle pamper indulge baby cocker mollycoddle cosset featherbed

"grandparents often pamper the children" "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

Related terms: treat indulgence pamperer mollycoddle
6. [ noun ] the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it
Synonyms: spoilage spoiling

"her spoiling my dress was deliberate"

Related terms: injury botch
7. [ verb ] make imperfect
Synonyms: mar impair vitiate deflower

"nothing marred her beauty"

Related terms: damage defile deface blemish defloration impairer
8. [ verb ] have a strong desire or urge to do something
Synonyms: itch

"She is itching to start the project" "He is spoiling for a fight"

Related terms: desire discourage disappoint urge
9. [ noun ] (usually plural) valuables taken by violence (especially in war)

"to the victor belong the spoils of the enemy"

Related terms: stolen_property plural
10. [ verb ] destroy and strip of its possession
Synonyms: despoil violate plunder rape

"The soldiers raped the beautiful country"

Related terms: destroy plundering rape
11. [ noun ] the act of stripping and taking by force
Synonyms: spoilation despoliation despoilment despoilation spoliation
Related terms: plundering plunder rape
Similar spelling:   spool