(archaic) To strip (someone who has been killed or defeated) of their arms or armour.
(archaic) To strip or deprive (someone) of their possessions; to rob, despoil.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. (Bible) , (w) IX:
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , VII:
- All that herde hym wer amased and sayde: ys nott this he that spoylled them whych called on this name in Jerusalem?
- To do her dye (quoth Vna) were despight, / And shame t'auenge so weake an enimy; / But spoile her of her scarlot robe, and let her fly.
(ambitransitive, archaic) To plunder, pillage (a city, country etc.).
* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
- Roger, that rich Bishop of Salisbury,through grief ran mad, spoke and did he knew not what.
(obsolete) To carry off (goods) by force; to steal.
* (Bible), (w) iii. 27
- Outlaws, which, lurking in woods, used to break forth to rob and spoil .
To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use.
* (Jeremy Taylor) (1613–1677)
- No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man.
- Spiritual pride spoils many graces.
* 2011 , ‘What the Arab papers say’, The Economist , 5 Aug 2011:
- "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. […]"
To ruin the character of, by overindulgence; to coddle or pamper to excess.
Of food, to become bad, sour or rancid; to decay.
- ‘This is a great day for us. Let us not spoil it by saying the wrong thing, by promoting a culture of revenge, or by failing to treat the former president with respect.’
To render (a ballot paper) invalid by deliberately defacing it.
* 2003 , David Nicoll, The Guardian , letter:
- Make sure you put the milk back in the fridge, otherwise it will spoil .
To reveal the ending of (a story etc.); to ruin (a surprise) by exposing it ahead of time.
- Dr Jonathan Grant (Letters, April 22) feels the best way to show his disaffection with political parties over Iraq is to spoil his ballot paper.
* (ruin) damage, destroy, ruin
* (coddle) coddle, indulge, mollycoddle
(Also in plural: spoils ) Plunder taken from an enemy or victim.
(uncountable) Material (such as rock or earth) removed in the course of an excavation, or in mining or dredging]]. [[tailings, Tailings.
* spoils of war
* too many cooks spoil the broth
From (etyl) or (etyl) , (etyl) spile.
A spigot or plug used to stop the hole in a barrel or cask.
*1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
*:So I felt my way down the passage back to the vault, and recked not of the darkness, nor of Blackbeard and his crew, if only I could lay my lips to liquor. Thus I groped about the barrels till near the top of the stack my hand struck on the spile of a keg, and drawing it, I got my mouth to the hold.
(US) A spout inserted in a maple (or other tree) to draw off sap.
To plug (a hole) with a spile.
To draw off (a liquid) using a spile.
To provide (a barrel, tree etc.) with a spile.
Alteration of (pile), after Etymology 1, above.
A pile; a post or girder.
To support by means of spiles.
Alteration of (l).
(US, dialect, ambitransitive) spoil.