killjoy

noun kill·joy \ ˈkil-ˌjȯi \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of killjoy

: one who spoils the pleasure of others

Examples of killjoy in a Sentence

  1. I don't want to sound like a killjoy, but shouldn't we study tonight?

  2. his perpetually negative attitude made him a real killjoy when others were trying to have fun

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First Known Use of killjoy

1776

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KILLJOY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of killjoy for English Language Learners

  • : a person who spoils other people's fun or enjoyment


KILLJOY Defined for Kids

killjoy

noun kill·joy \ ˈkil-ˌjȯi \

Definition of killjoy for Students

: a person who spoils the pleasure of others


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