Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An advocate of the spoils system; a politician who seeks personal profit at the public cost from the success of his party; one who maintains that party service should be rewarded with public office; one who is opposed to the administration of the civil service on the basis of merit. See spoils system, under spoil, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who serves a cause or a party for a share of the spoils; in United States politics, one who makes or recognizes a demand for public office on the ground of partisan service; also, one who sanctions such a policy in appointments to the public service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A politician who serves only for a share of the spoils.

Etymologies

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From spoils +‎ man.

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