Synonyms of spoil in English:


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1‘too much sun spoils the complexion’

mar, damage, impair, blemish, disfigure, blight, flaw, deface, scar, injure, harm
ruin, destroy, wreck
be a blot on the landscape
rare disfeature

improve, enhance

2‘two days of rain spoiled all my plans’

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 fuck up
British vulgar slang bugger up, balls up
archaic bring to naught

further, help, enhance

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

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

neglect, treat harshly, be strict with

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

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



    spoiling for

    ‘Cooper was spoiling for a fight’

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