Difference Between Spoiled and Spoilt


Main Difference

The main difference between Spoiled and Spoilt is that the word Spoiled is used in American English, whereas the word Spoilt used in British English.

Spoiled vs. Spoilt

Spoiled is taken as the past participle of the word spoil. Spoilt is mainly used as a past participle adjective. Spoiled is mostly used in America. Spoilt is usually used in the British. Spoiled has seven letters in it with an addition of the suffix ‘ed.’ Spoilt has six letters in with an addition of the alphabet ‘t,’ which added into its original word, which is spoil. Spoilt is also considered as the British spelling of the word ‘spoiled.’


Spoiled is related to these words, which are stale, ruined, harmful, or blemished. Spoilt is similar to these words blighted, destroyed, wrecked, and blotted. In American English, spoiled is used as a past-tense verb and also as a past participle and adjective. As the example shows, “ he spoiled him” in this spoiled is used as a past-tense verb, and in another example, “the spoiled child” in this example, spoiled, is used as an adjective. Spoilt is taken as the simple past or the past participle of the verb “to spoil.”

Spoiled is the most demanded term in American English, “He spoiled the bread,” this example is acceptable both in America as well as in British. Spoilt is reasoned as an irregular verb while regarding its usage. “The bread is spoilt,” in this example. We can see that spoilt used as an adjective; it is acceptable by Britishers but not by Americans.


Comparison Chart

To ruin or destroy somethingTo let something go bad
In AmericaIn British
Seven alphabetsSix alphabets
Regular verbIrregular verb
Mostly preferableNot commonly used
As a past- participleAs an adjective

What is Spoiled?

Spoiled is meant as severe damage or harm to someone or thing, which is typically related to its quality of excellence, utility, and worth. It pronounced as /spɔɪld/. It works as an adjective. The positive degree of spoil is spoiled; its comparative degree is ‘more spoiled,’ and its superlative degree is ‘most spoiled.’ While relating it with the habit of a person, it is taken as a person who is battered by certain people and treat hilariously. They want to get anything that they wished for whatsoever the circumstances are. Spoiled is also taken in with other objects as well except to describing the quality of someone. As spoiled milk taste bad and it smells dreadful. Here the word spoiled is expressing the quality of milk.

Spoiled is worth seeing in Americans publications and more desirable terms. While compared to its use in formal writing, spoiled is considered as a generally utilized term by writers.

Spoiled is also used as a common phrase that is “spoiled rotten,” and it mentioned as a child who has been poaching enough by someone or mostly by his or her parents on at that point when the child starts to behave ridiculously and showing an imitative sense of entitlement. A spoiled young adult is entirely given a chance to do anything which he or she wants to do, irrespective of any rules and regulations and the manner of respect. So, the child behaves accordingly as he or she has been taught to do.


  • Don’t eat uncooked food; it has spoiled and inevitably makes us ill.
  • He treated him like a spoiled
  • I am not spoiled, neither self-centered.
  • She is not spoiled, like many other princesses.

What is Spoilt?

Spoilt is means to let something go wrong or the things which supposed to going bad. It pronounced as /spɔɪlt/. Spoilt is the more preferred term in British. While regarding the system of publication, it seems as a nonexistent term from Canadian as well as from American writings. Spoilt, while relating to the formal context in American writings, seldom happens, and it considered as a self-centered, more common term in spoken language.

Spoilt is taken as an irregular form of the verb, which is less common when compared to its twin term spoiled. It also works as an adjective by Britisher’s publishers. It is reasoned as much avoided term by American publishers. Spoilt while explaining the quality of food came under the meaning deteriorated food makes, which is not considered as a preferable item to be consumed and not taken as an edible item.

‘Spoilt’ as an adjective shows different kinds of meaning as it is taken as a person having the greedy or egotistic and self-loving character just due to gaining the more harmful type of attention. ‘Spoilt’ as a verb considered as past tense or past participle of the word spoil. It comes under the meaning of despoilment. Spoilt has lost its germinal worth and generally become a replaceable term with its resembling term spoiled.


  • The dead bodies are spoilt.
  • Due to her illness, her husband spoilt her badly.
  • He is a spoilt boy, and last night he misbehaved.
  • Oh no! She has got spoilt.
  • She was supposed as a spoilt girl.

Key Differences

  1. Spoiled is generally used the term in America and many other areas of the word, whereas spoilt is commonly used term in British.
  2. Spoiled is phonetically represented as /spɔɪld/ on the other side, spoilt is phonetically represented as /spɔɪlt/.
  3. Spoiled is considered as a more preferred worldwide term while spoilt is the less preferred term.
  4. Spoiled when relating to its spell structure is the more useable word in all language communities; on the flip side, spoilt is mostly considered as a non-global term.
  5. Spoiled is taken as the best standard form of the verb, contrary spoilt is taken as much avoided the term.
  6. Spoiled gained its primary structure; in contrast, spoilt lost its original worth.
  7. Spoiled is considered as a regular form of the verb; on the contrary spoilt is considered as an irregular form of the verb.


Spoiled and Spoilt are two forms of the verb of the word ‘spoil’ which are used interchangeably in which spoiled is more common and spoilt is a less common term regarding its usage.

Aimie Carlson

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