Definition of wet blanket in English:

wet blanket


  • A person who spoils other people's fun by failing to join in with or by disapproving of their activities.

    • ‘I hate to be a wet blanket about that, but I think the reality is that these treaties are unique.’
    • ‘Without wanting to appear to be a wet blanket, it should be noted that European qualification does not always bring with it prolonged success’
    • ‘Think for a second before you start calling this guy a wet blanket.’
    • ‘It wasn't like she was a wet blanket exactly, well perhaps she was but really that was beside the point.’
    • ‘As a marriage partner, one is challenged, on the one hand, with being a wet blanket to great visions, and, on the other hand, with having a Pollyanna naivete.’
    • ‘I hate to sound like a wet blanket, and I don't care what anybody else says: I really do understand your impulse to celebrate when a favoured band from the past, which broke up, reunites.’
    • ‘Most of the time, he found himself to be the one to be the wet blanket of the group.’
    • ‘But not content to stop there, Chan went on to reveal that the potentially annoying Owen Wilson is, in fact, the intolerable wet blanket we suspected all along.’
    • ‘I enjoy going out as much as the next person, but at the risk of appearing a wet blanket, I hereby serve notice that I shall not patronize such establishments and would urge anyone else with a modicum of common sense to avoid them.’
    • ‘I feel the Federation are a wet blanket, to put it mildly.’
    • ‘You can go to the site to read it all if you like, although as it goes on it gets a bit much for a wet blanket like me.’
    • ‘Yeah, well I tried telling Valentine but he thinks I'm just being a wet blanket or something.’
    • ‘They have to change their image as welfare wet blankets.’
    • ‘Well I hate to sound like a wet blanket here on a cold night, but nothing is guaranteed.’
    • ‘Now one doesn't want to be a wet blanket under these circumstances.’
    • ‘Moore screeches her way through most of the film, channelling the same role she's played many times before - the forlorn, apprehensive wet blanket.’
    • ‘Call me a wet blanket, a spoil sport or whatever you want.’
    • ‘I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I think you're dead wrong on this, Paul.’
    • ‘‘I'm a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to the whole business of space travel,’ Stewart said in an interview posted on the BBC Web site.’
    • ‘We need more production, coupled with wide-open trade, to bring the burdens of wealth articulated by the free market's wet blankets to the people who long to bear them.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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wet blanket

/ˈwet ˈˌblaNGkət/