buzz·​kill | \ ˈbəz-ˌkil How to pronounce buzzkill (audio) \

Definition of buzzkill

: one that has a depressing or negative effect

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Skyler became a buzzkill, and that pissed viewers off. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Even If You Hated Skyler White on Breaking Bad, She Changed TV Forever," 9 Aug. 2018 And, not to be a total buzzkill, but there are only stores in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts at the moment. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Homesense," 3 Aug. 2018 Cold water can be restorative, invigorating; it's also used to describe a buzzkill, a downer. Justin Chang,, "'Cold Water,' Olivier Assayas' brilliant 1994 film, finally arrives in the U.S.," 17 May 2018 Even if Meghan’s official buzzkill title will likely be the Duchess of Sussex. Karla Peterson,, "Why Meghan Markle makes the royal wedding a fairy tale women can love," 17 May 2018 The Centers for Disease Control is likely a buzzkill at summer picnics. Julie Mazziotta,, "CDC Terrifies Twitter with Tick-Filled Photo of a Lemon Poppyseed Muffin: 'TRAUMATIZED'," 9 May 2018 The Boston Red Sox were a real buzzkill for the Angels and Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday night, the team with the best record in baseball knocking the seemingly otherworldly two-way star back to terra firma. Mike Digiovanna,, "Angels lose Ohtani to a blister, fall to Red Sox 10-1," 18 Apr. 2018 Pounding fluid during a race doesn't have to be a miserable experience Dehydration is a total, potentially dangerous buzzkill. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Ways to Hydrate, According to Us," 4 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, when the lights come on, sometimes the reality can be a buzzkill. George Diaz,, "Buccaneers need to add fortitude to rinse away 2017's reality-show horror," 26 Mar. 2018

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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