killjoy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n killjoy someone who spoils the pleasure of others
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Of all the words Dr. Seuss made up in his storybooks, only one has stuck in the English vocabulary: grinch, which is refers to a killjoy -- and it took more than 20 years
    • n., adj Killjoy a mar-sport, austere
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Usage

In literature:

Anxious, haggard, greedy, I stood among them like a veritable killjoy.
"Waifs and Strays" by O. Henry
He did not intend any longer to play the part of a killjoy.
"A Woodland Queen, Complete" by Andre Theuriet
A man who was a well known killjoy was described as a great athlete.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Thy very face is a killjoy.
"His Grace of Osmonde" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
But I'm an old killjoy.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Some of you do not like to be reminded of it, and think it a killjoy.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
How the foreigner laughs at our childish obedience to the decree of the killjoys.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
Allan, I don't want to be a killjoy, but you asked for my advice.
"The Black Fawn" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
On the other hand, Miss Mountjoy was, as Letice called her, a Killjoy.
"A Book of Ghosts" by Sabine Baring-Gould
Curt, must you always be the killjoy in a party!
"Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Various
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In news:

I am going to be a killjoy tonight.
According to those killjoys, there are now only eight planets.
I don't mean to be a constant killjoy here, but is this video a fake.
Call me a killjoy, but I don't get the attraction to dressing up your dog for Halloween.
'Killjoy Seattle local news reporter confronted'.
Killjoy Cooking With the Dungeons & Dragons Crowd.
Machete Kills' Pic: Alexa Vega Proves She Isn't a 'Spy Kid' Anymore in Her Killjoy Debut.
Killjoy Reporter Ruins Everyone's Sledding Fun.
' Killjoy Seattle local news reporter confronted'.
Killjoy Cooking With the Dungeons & Dragons Crowd.
Talk about a snow-day killjoy.
S orry to be a killjoy, but you could easily scarf down 1,360 calories in a typical turkey holiday dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, a couple of veggie sides, and a roll.
When I was a kid, I dreaded trick-or-treating at my friend's house because I knew I was going to get a killjoy treat - specifically, a toothbrush.
Why Is Fiona Ma Such a Killjoy.
We questioned at first whether Alexa Vega could handle a role in Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills,' especially when that said role answers to the name of Killjoy.
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