spoilsport

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Etymology[edit]

From the verbal expression spoil sport (ruin the amusement).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈspɔɪl.spɔːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɔɪl.spɔɹt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t

Noun[edit]

spoilsport (plural spoilsports)

  1. Someone who puts an end to others' fun, especially harmless fun.

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Adjective[edit]

spoilsport (comparative more spoilsport, superlative most spoilsport)

  1. Like a spoilsport.
    • 2019 September 10, Phil McNulty, “'England horribly fallible in defence' against Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      It may seem somewhat spoilsport to focus in on this negative after another important victory but to ignore it would be delusion. Southgate will not be letting it escape his attention.

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