spoilsport

noun
spoil·​sport | \ ˈspȯi(-ə)l-ˌspȯrt How to pronounce spoilsport (audio) \

Definition of spoilsport

: one who spoils the sport or pleasure of others

Examples of spoilsport in a Sentence

Oh, don't be a spoilsport. Let them try it. Dad's a spoilsport. He won't let us play football.
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First Known Use of spoilsport

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spoilsport was in 1785

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“Spoilsport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoilsport. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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