Definition of spoilsport in US English:



  • A person who behaves in a way that spoils others' pleasure, especially by not joining in an activity.

    ‘“Don't be a spoilsport, Sidney.”’
    • ‘Oh don't be such a spoilsport, let's have some fun!’
    • ‘Archer had to be a spoilsport and point out that there was no more room in the car.’
    • ‘Oh, don't be such a spoilsport, I'm sure we'll have a great time and nobody's going to get hurt.’
    • ‘The others started to file out, muttering about him being a spoilsport.’
    • ‘‘Oh, well, Kin and Mic will be some fun even if you're a spoilsport,’ she said, and fixed her eyes on both of us.’
    • ‘I don't mean to be a spoilsport, but exactly what do you have planned?’
    • ‘In churches where there is always a grand vision to be pursued, you almost feel like a spoilsport coming along with your question about the problem of evil.’
    • ‘I fully expected to wind up in the role of spoilsport, but fortunately, truth is sometimes more interesting than fiction.’
    • ‘Yet even now the usual cavalcade of naysayers, spoilsports, and harbingers of doom are mustering their forces to oppose this latest face of the technological revolution that is rapidly reshaping society.’
    • ‘Darryl was scowling out the window, and Chad was too worried to tell him to stop being such a spoilsport.’
    • ‘The law has the age of drinking set at 18 for good reasons, not just to be spoilsports.’
    • ‘So the CoE is not quite the spoilsport we originally imagined.’
    • ‘The chief objection of these spoilsports is that history cannot be seen as simply a random catalogue of chance events, any of which might have turned out differently.’
    • ‘I know, Stefan, and I'm sorry I'm being such a spoilsport, but right now I just want to be alone for a bit.’
    • ‘Such spoilsports, however, could not prevent cultural exchanges.’
    • ‘Only spoilsports warned that disaster loomed, and they didn't get nearly as much air time as the boosters.’
    • ‘The cast is universally appealing, and everything about the movie seems to be enjoying itself to such a degree that any derision would make me feel a spoilsport.’
    • ‘No thanks to the spoilsports who are trying to take the fun out of it.’
    • ‘In making these assertions, I am not being a curmudgeon, a whiner or a spoilsport.’
    • ‘Although I didn't want to be a spoilsport, I secretly wondered how much of that we'd really find, given that 450 rental houseboats cruise the lake, along with noisy jet skis and countless private boats.’
    killjoy, dog in the manger, misery, damper
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