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

Definition of buzzkill

: one that has a depressing or negative effect

Examples of buzzkill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flight delays, traffic snarls and grumpy traveling companions can make any trip tiring, but the biggest buzzkill to holiday travel may just be the effects to our physical wellbeing. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches that relieve neck and back pain while traveling," 19 Dec. 2019 Facebook’s chief financial officer had to play the role of buzzkill and interjected a couple of times to sound notes of caution. Washington Post, "Facebook Is Done Apologizing," 31 Jan. 2019 After the brief buzzkill of the financial crisis, the Arab Spring pushed oil back into triple digits, making this seem like the new normal and spurring yet more drilling, including in U.S. shale. Washington Post, "Energy Stocks Make Utilities Look Exciting," 20 Sep. 2019 Sorry to be a buzzkill, but skiers and snowboarders who were spoiled last winter and spring with bountiful snow probably won’t be as fortunate this season. John Meyer, The Know, "Sorry, skiers, but we’re probably not going to have another epic snow year," 12 Sep. 2019 But the budding sector is facing a political and judicial buzzkill. Washington Post, "Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t," 27 June 2019 Besides running out of food, there are no greater buzzkills at a cookout than food poisoning. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Turn to these food safety tips the next time you grill — for your most successful cookout yet," 20 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of buzzkill

1992, in the meaning defined above

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23 Dec 2019

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“Buzzkill.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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