buzz·​kill ˈbəz-ˌkil How to pronounce buzzkill (audio)
: one that has a depressing or negative effect

Examples of buzzkill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strategize on Timing Traffic can be a total buzzkill, especially on long weekends. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 30 June 2023 And wet shoes that can take days to dry are a spring vacation buzzkill. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2023 Traffic Jams Traffic can be a buzzkill, especially on long weekends. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 16 June 2023 But this week, after last season’s disastrous 5-12 finish, McVay’s second consecutive postseason flirtation with a sabbatical, the trade or release of several marquee players and the team’s non-pursuit of free agents, the Rams are somewhat of a buzzkill. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2023 But creativity assessments by third-party raters, who did not know who was under the influence, were a buzzkill. Richard Sima, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2023 BofA, too, is a buzzkill. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 Talk about Luke being a buzzkill! Vulture, 2 Feb. 2022 Sorry to be a buzzkill. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buzzkill was in 1992

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Cite this Entry

“Buzzkill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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