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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 The answer lies in psychology (or randomness, but please don't be a spoilsport). The Mmqb Staff, SI.com, "The MMQB Staff's Favorite Week 3 Bets Against the Spread," 19 Sep. 2019 Although some might have political objections to a film that celebrates bringing Western culture to a remote village in India, ignore those spoilsports and enjoy a fascinating musical odyssey. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Piano to Zanskar': Film Review | Edinburgh 2018," 5 July 2018 But other spoilsports at media outlets such as Wired UK and the Verge also fretted about safety. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Enjoy the Fourth of July in D.C., but be careful with that Segway," 3 July 2018 Yet ambiguous claims involving spirituality and a sort of interpersonal energy transference are unsupported, and there’s an underlying implication that doubters are just spoilsports. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Doctor From India’ Pushes Nontraditional Medicine," 31 May 2018 The Virginia spoilsports also bar offering a two-for-one drink special, though half-off drinks are allowed. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Virginia’s Unhappy Hour," 4 Apr. 2018 Leave it to a spoilsport critic, escaping an atmospheric river on one coast only to be met with a nor'easter on the other, to connect the psychological metaphor of a freakish summer blizzard onstage with the battering reality of climate change. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal," 23 Mar. 2018 Elza van den Heever has an appealingly smoky-timbred soprano, but her Alcina was emotionally straitjacketed, first as a femme fatale and then as a petulant spoilsport. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Santa Fe Opera: Apes, Bats and a Cockerel, Oh My," 9 Aug. 2017 A spoilsport could argue that this very public, mutual love affair now taking place is not really steeped in warm tradition. Filip Bondy, New York Times, "The Day a Cubs Manager Told Fans at Wrigley to Get a Job," 27 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of spoilsport

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Spoilsport.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoilsport. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spoilsport

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

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