killjoy

noun
kill·​joy | \ˈkil-ˌjȯi \

Definition of killjoy 

: one who spoils the pleasure of others

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Synonyms for killjoy

Synonyms

drag, spoilsport, wet blanket

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Examples of killjoy in a Sentence

I don't want to sound like a killjoy, but shouldn't we study tonight? his perpetually negative attitude made him a real killjoy when others were trying to have fun

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Cinemas have opened; music is performed in public; the killjoy morality police are off the streets. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 Feminists don’t want to pose as killjoys bent on confiscating mani-pedis. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 Bangladeshis follow the World Cup fervently, ignoring killjoy officials who have tried to stop them flying flags. The Economist, "For all its faults, the World Cup in Russia is worth celebrating," 9 June 2018 Instead, using a refund to pay off a credit card balance feels far from a joyous event and more like a big financial killjoy. cleveland.com, "5 great ways to invest your tax refund (NerdWallet)," 27 Apr. 2018 The cloying, dull pain of chafing or blisters is one of the biggest backpacking killjoys. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Gear to Get Your S.O. Hooked on Hiking," 23 Apr. 2018 At first, it was gently commented on, but of course no one wants to be a killjoy, so now it just sort of ... happens. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Women wonder whether to call out male friends for sexism," 22 Apr. 2018 At first, it was gently commented on, but of course no one wants to be a killjoy, so now it just sort of … happens. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Women wonder whether to call out male friends for sexism," 22 Apr. 2018 The dithering middle-age killjoys follow the girls, and their dates, from prom to lakeside after-party to hotel bash. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Blockers' review: John Cena, Leslie Mann play parents out to stop a prom night sex pact," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of killjoy

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of killjoy was in 1776

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killjoy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of killjoy

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

killjoy

noun
kill·​joy | \ˈkil-ˌjȯi \

Kids Definition of killjoy

: a person who spoils the pleasure of others

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