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Definition of a spoiler



  • something that reveals important plot elements or details from a work of fiction or non-fiction.




    Citation from "You've Got Male", Happy Endings (TV), Season 1 Episode 9 (2011) blacked out to resolve Google's penalty against this site.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • anything that ruins a person's pleasure of figuring out something unknown to them.
    Person A: You're getting a road bike for Christmas.

    Person B: WTF, man? Talk about a spoiler.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.


  • Conscientious people are expected to announce a spoiler in advance, e.g. by including the word "spoiler" in the title of a post to a web-based forum, or verbally informing people nearby know that a conversation is going to include spoilers. This is called a "spoiler alert".
    Subject: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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