Definition of killjoy in US English:

killjoy

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Let the killjoys rant to their hearts' content.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Times change, but only a killjoy would grudge Scots a bit of nostalgic wishful thinking at a time of year ripe for reflection.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Socialists have no desire to isolate ourselves by being killjoys or spoilsports, but it does help if we understand what we are dealing with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Religious critics lacked fervor and moral authority, while surviving Populist and Progressive skeptics were dismissed as killjoys or cranks.’
    • ‘And, that great corrupter, the fear that if you don't laugh you will be seen as a prig and a killjoy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's official: the killjoys have taken over the season.’
    • ‘The builders of the Bay Colony were redefined as bigots, prudes, and killjoys.’
    spoilsport, moaner, complainer, mope, prophet of doom, cassandra, jeremiah, death's head at a feast
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Pronunciation

killjoy

/ˈkilˌjoi//ˈkɪlˌdʒɔɪ/