party pooper


party poop·​er -ˈpü-pər How to pronounce party pooper (audio)
: a person who refuses to join in the fun of a party
broadly : one who refuses to go along with everyone else

Examples of party pooper in a Sentence

Don't be such a party pooper! a party pooper who insisted they turn the music down
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Word History


poop entry 1 + -er

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of party pooper was in 1947

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“Party pooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

party pooper

party poop·​er -ˈpü-pər How to pronounce party pooper (audio)
: one who spoils the pleasure of others especially at a party : killjoy
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