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  1. a person who spoils the joy or pleasure of others; spoilsport.
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Origin of kill-joy

First recorded in 1770–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for kill-joy

worrywart, doomsayer, kill-joy

Examples from the Web for kill-joy

Historical Examples of kill-joy

  • At any rate Danger's proceedings are of a most kill-joy nature.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory

    George Saintsbury

  • For it was Mr. Canning without a doubt, a kill-joy on this occasion.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • Louis, in fact, must have appeared to Charles primarily in the light of a kill-joy.

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I was urged to play, and, not wanting to be a kill-joy, I foolishly agreed.

  • Out upon him, for a paid agitator, a kill-joy, and a humbug.

    Painted Windows

    Harold Begbie