Debbie Downer

Deb·​bie Down·​er | \ ˈde-bē-ˈdau̇-nər How to pronounce Debbie Downer (audio) \
plural Debbie Downers

Definition of Debbie Downer

: a negative or pessimistic person : a person who speaks only of the bad or depressing aspects of something and lessens the enthusiasm or pleasure of others OK, now I really don't want to sound like a Debbie Downer, but 2018 has not been an easy one, my friends.— Valerie Mesa "If this is all supposed to be a big joke perpetuated on residents, I expect they probably violated the law to pull it off," said [Barbara] Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation. "I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but seriously, I don't think they thought this through."Associated Press I'm always the Debbie Downer and I'm always Mr. Negative … I call it like I see it.— Brent Venables

First Known Use of Debbie Downer

2005, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Debbie Downer

alliterative combination of the personal name Debbie and downer

Note: Name popularized, if not introduced, by a skit character Debbie Downer on the American television variety show Saturday Night Live; the character first appeared in the program for May 1, 2004.

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“Debbie Downer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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