I would try to find some more words or expressions to describe a person who is always being negative and brings down the mood of other people.

As far as I can tell, there are "a sourpuss" and "a Debbie Downer". Can I use other words or expressions?

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    Oh! I really misunderstood you. You can use killjoy. killjoy: a person who deliberately spoils the enjoyment of others. Nov 25, 2013 at 4:29
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    spoilsport, wet blanket, party-pooper, stick-in-the-mud...
    – Jim
    Nov 25, 2013 at 4:55
  • The edits to the question title are interesting to me. "Other than", "outside of", and "beside" all seem fine to me. What isn't fine is the word "else".
    – user230
    Nov 25, 2013 at 5:55
  • @snailboat, I noticed the dangling "else" after I saved my first edit, and I wasn't sure to re-edit it since it was still waiting for a peer review. But is What words can I use outside of X and Y really okay? Nov 25, 2013 at 6:56
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    In Australia, we also use wowser, which refers to the class of ppl that think that having fun is - by definition - frivolous and a waste of time.
    – mcalex
    Dec 12, 2013 at 5:42

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"Killjoy" is a word which can describe a person who is very negative and who attempts to make others feel less comfortable in their surroundings.

"Buzzkill" is a similar term but is a more informal term, whereas "killjoy" is a word found in the dictionary.




  • @CoolHandLouis Interesting - I have never heard "Emotional Vampire" before. Apparently it has been around for a while, but buzzkill appears to have become more popular in recent years.: books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – Adam
    Apr 21, 2016 at 21:55
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    @Adam, I've heard the term "emotional vampire" bunches of times in recent years (like maybe 10 to 20). I haven't heard Killjoy or Buzzkill at all that I can remember. But that's just a sample-size n=1 (me). May 11, 2016 at 23:35

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