party pooper

party poop·​er | \ -ˈpü-pər How to pronounce party pooper (audio) \

Definition of party pooper

: a person who refuses to join in the fun of a party broadly : one who refuses to go along with everyone else

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Don't be such a party pooper! a party pooper who insisted they turn the music down
Recent Examples on the Web To be conservative often consists in being a party pooper. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "Why Does the Left Hate the Humanities?," 19 Sep. 2020 Your new best friend is complicated, and often accused of being a party pooper. J.d. Crowe |, al, "Coronavirus: Real friends stay six feet apart through sick and sin," 3 Apr. 2020 Or — party pooper alert — should common sense win out with a flyer hung at the entrance, an eviction notice that one of 2018’s hottest joints has closed its doors? Dan Wiederer,, "Bears Sunday storylines: Defending Mitch Trubisky’s TV comments, Kenny Golladay’s Pro Bowl hopes and an eviction notice at Club Dub," 8 Nov. 2019 But at the risk of being a party pooper, here are some facts from NewsWhip and Axios on the subject. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House’s social media summit has an ulterior motive," 11 July 2019 Eventually, Tyler feigns fatigue and retreats to bed, but Johnny notices that his friend is acting oddly and calls him out for being a party pooper the following morning. Andreas Hale, The Root, "Sundance’s Tyrel Is Get Out Without Hypnosis or the Sunken Place," 9 Feb. 2018 Spurs were the party poopers as Goodison Park celebrated the 125th anniversary of its first ever game, Harry Kane stealing the headlines with two goals - the first his 100th for the club - for Mauricio Pochettino's side., "Everton 0-3 Tottenham: 100 Up for Kane as Rampant Spurs See Off Lifeless Toffees," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of party pooper

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for party pooper

poop entry 1 + -er

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The first known use of party pooper was in 1947

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“Party pooper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of party pooper

chiefly US, informal : a person who spoils the fun for other people

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