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[kil-joi] /ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ/
a person who spoils the joy or pleasure of others; spoilsport.
Origin of kill-joy
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Whither art thou taking this glutton, this evil pauper, a kill-joy of the feast?

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • At any rate Danger's proceedings are of a most kill-joy nature.

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

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • 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
  • To have one's self always on one's mind is to lodge a kill-joy; to act always from calculation is a sure path to blunders.

  • “Oh, stop being a kill-joy,” Laura commanded, giving her a little shake.

  • I don't want to be a kill-joy, but don't give me more of that side of your character than you can help.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • Frederick was a kill-joy, she said, and moreover she did not wish to ask an extra woman to dinner.

    A Son of Perdition Fergus Hume

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