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spoiler

Noun

1 a candidate with no chance of winning but who may draw enough votes to prevent one of the leading candidates from winning
2 someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war) [syn: plunderer, pillager, looter, despoiler, raider, freebooter]
3 someone who pampers or spoils by excessive indulgence [syn: pamperer, coddler, mollycoddler]
4 an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds
5 a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag

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English

Etymology

-er spoil

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A document, review or comment that discloses the ending or some key surprise, or twist in a story.
    Good netiquette dictates that one warn of spoilers before discussing them, so that readers who wish to do so may experience the surprises for themselves.
  2. In the context of "aeronautics": A device to reduce lift
  3. In the context of "automobiles": A device to reduce lift and increase downforce
  4. In the context of "politics|gaming": An individual unable to win an election or game for him- or herself, but with the power to determine which player or candidate among two or more others does win.
  5. In the context of "trading card games": A comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics.

Translations

document, review or comment
  • Finnish: ilonpilaaja
aeronautics: device to reduce lift
  • Finnish: spoileri
automobiles: device to reduce lift and increase downforce
  • Finnish: spoileri
politics, gaming: individual unable to win but with the power to determine the winner
trading card games: comprehensive list of objects and their characteristics

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Extensive Definition

Spoiler could refer to
  • Spoiler (aeronautics), a device to reduce lift in aeronautics
  • Spoiler (automotive), a device to modify air flow in order to increase fuel efficiency or improve handling in automobiles
  • Spoiler (sports), a team that has been eliminated from the playoffs, and beats a team that required that win to advance
  • Spoiler (media), a comment which discloses plot details of a book, play, video game, or film or is intended to distract attention from a rival
  • Spoiler (comics), a secondary character in the DC comic book Robin
  • Spoiler (film), a comedy film project in New York City
  • Spoiler effect, an individual unable to win an election or game for him- or herself, but with the power to determine which player among two or more others will win
  • Mighty Spoiler, a popular calypso singer
  • Don Jardine, a professional wrestler also known as "the Spoiler"
spoiler in German: Spoiler
spoiler in French: Spoiler
spoiler in Korean: 스포일러 (동음이의)
spoiler in Italian: Spoiler
spoiler in Dutch: Spoiler
spoiler in Japanese: スポイラー
spoiler in Norwegian: Spoiler
spoiler in Polish: Spoiler
spoiler in Russian: Спойлер
spoiler in Thai: สปอยเลอร์
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