• noun articles that have been posted to more than one newsgroup, and so are likely to contain unsolicited commercial messages


  • Unsolicited and generally unwelcome email which is sent to multiple, often millions of users. common varieties of spam include get-rich quick schemes, chain letters, supposed discount offers, invitations to pornographic Web sites, and appearance-related ruses such as those pertaining to sex, body-part enhancement, weight reduction, and so on. There are various views on the origin of the term, including references to a meat-like product, which like its email counterpart is ubiquitous, yet generally unappetizing and unwanted. One measure to counter spam which usually backfires is clicking on a link offering removal from a list, or sending an email to the effect, as this only serves to inform the sender that this address is indeed currently active, which in turn paves the way for even more spam.
  • The sending of the same messages or postings to numerous newsgroups or users.


  • A canned pork and ham meat loaf imported in large quantities into the UK during World War II

Media Studies

  • noun an unsolicited, often commercial, message transmitted through the Internet as a mass mailing
  • verb to send an unsolicited e-mail message, often an advertisement, to many people
  • verb to post a message many times to a newsgroup, or an inappropriate message to multiple newsgroups


  • exclamation
    (written as spam!)
    an all-purpose exclamation of defiance, rejection, irritation. The word was defined on the Internet in February 1997 by Bodge World.
  • verb to flood another’s computing system with redundant or meaningless information. The practice is indulged in as a prank or punishment by cyberpunks or net-heads.