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.”’
    • ‘Such spoilsports, however, could not prevent cultural exchanges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Darryl was scowling out the window, and Chad was too worried to tell him to stop being such a spoilsport.’
    • ‘I fully expected to wind up in the role of spoilsport, but fortunately, truth is sometimes more interesting than fiction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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?’
    • ‘The law has the age of drinking set at 18 for good reasons, not just to be spoilsports.’
    • ‘Oh, don't be such a spoilsport, I'm sure we'll have a great time and nobody's going to get hurt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No thanks to the spoilsports who are trying to take the fun out of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The others started to file out, muttering about him being a spoilsport.’
    • ‘Oh don't be such a spoilsport, let's have some fun!’
    • ‘Only spoilsports warned that disaster loomed, and they didn't get nearly as much air time as the boosters.’
    • ‘Archer had to be a spoilsport and point out that there was no more room in the car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In making these assertions, I am not being a curmudgeon, a whiner or a spoilsport.’
    • ‘So the CoE is not quite the spoilsport we originally imagined.’
    • ‘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.’
    killjoy, dog in the manger, misery, damper
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