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 Barry is a buzzkill in general and incredibly skeptical of The Godfather. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 It’s all too seamlessly integrated by the movie to be a buzzkill, exactly, but in a movie of this style, the spies’ romantic lives are not so flagrant as to feel like a total conflict of interest. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2022 Luckily, there are ways to act without being a buzzkill. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 23 Jan. 2022 Indeed, whining and complaining about a current or previous employer is a real buzzkill and should be avoided. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 After decades of glitzy, boozy Golden Globes affairs that kicked off awards season in style, the real story behind the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is one heck of a buzzkill. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 May 2021 But then—smack!—there's the biggest summer buzzkill: the fresh, itchy, welt of a mosquito bite. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 Allison, ever the responsible buzzkill, watches in dismay. Darren Franich,, 7 June 2021 The main buzzkill, many say, is pitchers using gluey gunk to grip the ball better, enhancing their spin rate and making pitches dance and dart. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of buzzkill

1992, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Buzzkill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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