wet blanket


: one that quenches or dampens enthusiasm or pleasure

Examples of wet blanket in a Sentence

I'd love to go to the party, but with my cold, I'm afraid I'd just be a wet blanket.
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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wet blanket was in 1844

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“Wet blanket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet%20blanket. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

wet blanket

: one that discourages or puts an end to enthusiasm or pleasure
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