What is a buzzkill?
A buzzkill is a slang term used to describe someone or something that ruins a fun and enjoyable event. The origin of the term “buzzkill” comes from the a combination of two words – “buzz” and “kill”. A “buzz” is a term that people use to refer to a drunken state – so if you are “buzzed” it means that you are mildly drunk and feeling good from the alcohol you have consumed, and it comes right before you are completely drunk. So, a “buzzkill” is something that ‘kills’ a ‘buzz’ – basically something that puts an end to something enjoyable and fun.
Example of buzzkill in a sentence
An example of how to use phrase “buzzkill” is below:
Sam: "When Joe came to the party, he started to talk about his financial problems." Jack: "Yeah, Joe was a serious buzzkill - he ruined the mood of the party."