from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of killjoy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who causes gloom or grief; a dispiriting person; a spoilsport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which puts an end to pleasure; one who spoils the enjoyment of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who spoils the pleasure of others


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • There's going to be an attempt over the next week to paint republicans as the Grinch, trying to ruin the "big day" for William and Kate out of a cocktail of kill-joy curmudgeonry and mean-spiritedness.

    Johann Hari: Don't Be Fooled, Many Brits Will Cringe at the Royal Wedding Frenzy

  • Women are consistently portrayed as the controlling force in the family, the “adult”, the kill-joy, and the only one with common sense.

    Honey, stop that!

  • I hate to be a kill-joy, but the vast majority of classical art pieces were designed as product placement ads paid for by monarchs and religious institutions.

    Jennifer Edwards: In Times of Crisis: Saving Art

  • But … and I really hate to be the kill-joy here … I've been watching animated features for 15 years now and I won't see this until it comes out on video.

    Must Watch: First Trailer for Disney's Bolt! «

  • Instead, two kill-joy Puritans stormed onto the stage.

    2010 May « Ken Wilson's Blog

  • Let's discuss the concept of pisseur de copie as it relates to kill-joy trolling on inapt threads.

    "Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too."

  • Margland's in the way, who's what Mr. Lionel calls a kill-joy at any time.


  • The guy who had told to turn down our thermostats, put on our sweaters, drive slower, and stop relying on foreign oil seemed like a prophet instead of a kill-joy.

    Gale Walden: Standing Up For Hillary

  • Philipson, who was reserved and silent, both in consequence of his abstinence from the wine-pot, and his unwillingness to mix in conversation with strangers, was looked upon by the landlord as a defaulter in both particulars; and as he aroused his own sluggish nature with the fiery wine, Mengs began to throw out obscure hints about kill-joy, mar-company, spoil-sport, and such-like epithets, which were plainly directed against the Englishman.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • No kill-joy politics -- Seeing the smog in Beijing and reading reports of human rights violations, or thinking about how there will be more homeless people than athletes in Vancouver in 2010 mean that the Games 'entertainment value, for me, is more than eclipsed by the ethical cost of holding them.

    Vanessa Richmond: Is Anybody Watching? How the Olympics Lost the Race to Reality TV


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