[spoil-spawrt, -spohrt]
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  1. a person whose selfish or unsportsmanlike attitudes or actions spoil the pleasure of others, as in a game or social gathering.

Origin of spoilsport

First recorded in 1815–25; from phrase spoil the sport
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  1. informal a person who spoils the pleasure of other people by his actions or attitudes
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