kill-joy

[ kil-joi ]
/ ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ /

noun

a person who spoils the joy or pleasure of others; spoilsport.

Origin of kill-joy

First recorded in 1770–80
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killjoy

/ (ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ) /

noun

a person who spoils other people's pleasure
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Word Origin and History for killjoy

killjoy


n.

also kill-joy, 1776, from kill (v.) + joy. Formerly used with other stems (cf. kill-courtesy "boorish person," kill-cow "bully, big man," etc.).

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