Definition of killjoy in US English:



  • A person who deliberately spoils the enjoyment of others through resentful or overly sober behavior.

    ‘a few killjoys try to reform the seasonal activities’
    • ‘As if the velvety voices were not enough, the choir members also double as drummers, clappers and high-kicking dancers to ensure that not even the most resolute killjoys could resist the magnificent vocal beauty and power of this choir.’
    • ‘And, that great corrupter, the fear that if you don't laugh you will be seen as a prig and a killjoy.’
    • ‘Times change, but only a killjoy would grudge Scots a bit of nostalgic wishful thinking at a time of year ripe for reflection.’
    • ‘It's official: the killjoys have taken over the season.’
    • ‘It's meant to be a fun for all occasion to take our mind off the advent of Winter, so let's have no killjoys of any description spoiling it for others.’
    • ‘The builders of the Bay Colony were redefined as bigots, prudes, and killjoys.’
    • ‘We do not want to be dubbed killjoys but we do urge respect and consideration for others and ask parents to take responsibility for their children, ensuring well-intentioned, light-hearted pranks do not get out of hand.’
    • ‘We don't want to be killjoys and in time it may be that we can find a designated area for skateboarders to enjoy themselves but we feel that the town centre is not a suitable place on safety grounds.’
    • ‘Must I then be a killjoy, a frustrated prude, secretly longing to write articles on porn so that I can sneak a look while publicly tutting?’
    • ‘Religious critics lacked fervor and moral authority, while surviving Populist and Progressive skeptics were dismissed as killjoys or cranks.’
    • ‘Socialists have no desire to isolate ourselves by being killjoys or spoilsports, but it does help if we understand what we are dealing with.’
    • ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank the council for cleaning up the parks so promptly after the Halloween period but I wish they would stop being killjoys in their attitude towards children building bonfires.’
    • ‘We're not trying to be killjoys but we do not want anyone to be injured or killed whilst celebrating Hallowe'en.’
    • ‘I'm sure we'll get some responses that brand me a killjoy - that's fine, I probably am - but can they please be accompanied by some reasoned argument.’
    • ‘Talking of killjoys, I see the Food and Drink Federation's latest wheeze for tackling the problem of obesity is to force restaurants and take-aways to carry detailed nutritional information about every dish on their menu.’
    • ‘Customs officers may remain unpopular among smokers and drinkers who see them as killjoys ready to seize over-the-limit alcohol and cigarettes brought back from holidays.’
    • ‘We routinely portray them as grim, doctrinaire, religious killjoys who lived in a didactic world of the Saved and the Unregenerate.’
    • ‘Let the killjoys rant to their hearts' content.’
    • ‘We are not killjoys, but many of the items routinely on sale in the town are not appropriate for a resort which wants to welcome everyone.’
    • ‘Generational divisions were eroding and many parents preferred to see themselves as friends of their children rather than the killjoys they considered their own parents had been.’
    spoilsport, moaner, complainer, mope, prophet of doom, cassandra, jeremiah, death's head at a feast
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