- to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket.
- to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.).
Origin of wet-blanket
- a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire.
- a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment: Nobody asked him to join the group because he's such a wet blanket.
Origin of wet blanket
Related Words for wet-blanketdamper, downer, drag, grouch, killjoy, malcontent, sourpuss, grinch, marplot, proser, spoilsport
Examples from the Web for wet-blanket
Historical Examples of wet-blanket
But I should be a wet-blanket altogether, and, moreover, I could not stand the Tutissimus.Lord Randolph Churchill
Winston Spencer Churchill
Will you be kind enough Mizzi, to tell me why you surround me with the wet-blanket of your wrath?The Gay Adventure
As somebody had quickly said, sharpening his young wit, he was more of a wet-blanket than a Mackintosh.Sinister Street, vol. 2
The average clergyman, I am afraid, is regarded in these days as something of a bore, a wet-blanket even at tea-parties.Painted Windows
- informal a person whose low spirits or lack of enthusiasm have a depressing effect on others
Someone who dampens enthusiasm: “We were all having a good time until Harold walked in and started acting like a wet blanket.”
A person who discourages enjoyment or enthusiasm, as in Don't be such a wet blanket—the carnival will be fun! This expression alludes to smothering a fire with a wet blanket. [Early 1800s]