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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Rupak De Chowdhuri Just when the Indian economy was getting back on track after a jolt due to the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation has come to play spoilsport. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz, "India’s economic recovery may be delayed if oil prices continue to rise," 25 Mar. 2021 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020 For the spoilsport, this error 404 T-shirt is the perfect way to express your rotten attitude. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "21 adult Halloween costumes that will get you in the spirit," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Spoilsport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoilsport. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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spoilsport

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spoilsport

informal : someone who spoils other people's fun or enjoyment

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