killjoy

noun
kill·​joy | \ ˈkil-ˌjȯi How to pronounce killjoy (audio) \

Definition of killjoy

: one who spoils the pleasure of others

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The bigger threat is the army of Halloween killjoys, sprinkled throughout neighborhoods, their houses often decorated for the holiday, the better to lure unsuspecting children to their doorsteps. BostonGlobe.com, "Children are thrilled with a new book,” said Margaret Farmer of East Boston. “There is no such thing as too much literacy.”," 28 Oct. 2019 But as emissions rise, the killjoys are resorting to shame and repulsion as weapons against environmental evils. The Economist, "Green with shame," 12 Dec. 2019 Sadly, the plan to use the full Formula 1 layout has been squashed by the killjoys at the FIA, for reasons that completely elude me. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of killjoy

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Killjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killjoy. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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killjoy

noun
How to pronounce killjoy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of killjoy

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

killjoy

noun
kill·​joy | \ ˈkil-ˌjȯi How to pronounce killjoy (audio) \

Kids Definition of killjoy

: a person who spoils the pleasure of others

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