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Any situation, any time; this person has always something negative to say about it.

It should be a noun or an adjective to describe a person who is a damp cloud walking over every sunshine situations at the cubicle, hoping to drench other people with his miserable comments.

I considered "sourpuss" but would prefer something more important sounding, like "misogynist."

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In British English, "Naysayer" is common for someone who says that something is not possible, won't work, shouldn't be tried, etc.




a person who deliberately spoils the enjoyment of others.

"a few killjoys try to reform the seasonal activities"

synonyms: spoilsport, moaner, complainer, mope, prophet of doom, Cassandra,

Jeremiah, death's head at a feast


Consider this possibility (definition from Oxford Dictionaries online):

curmudgeon /kərˈməjən/ noun A bad-tempered or surly person.


My favorite of all time comes from a Saturday Night Live character: Debbie Downer. Ever since, when someone's hellbent on constantly reporting about the sucky side of everything, you will often hear someone say to them, "Quit being such a Debbie Downer."


Negative Nancy:

(pejorative, informal) A person who is considered excessively and disagreeably pessimistic.

A less aggressive synonym, similar to Benjamin's answer.


  • Yet equally passively aggressively sexist/genderizing (and, perhaps inadvertently, heterosexist). Yet more antiquated (than "Debbie Downer"), not having a recent pop-culture referent. Likely best avoided, in any case. – mick Jan 10 '16 at 11:54

One of my favorite adjectives: captious. (Particularly since the flocking of those described onto social media.)

  1. Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults: a captious scholar. [AHD]


marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections (captious critics) [M-W]

  • It's a great word, thanks. The OED gives it a slightly different emphasis - Apt to catch or take one in; fitted to ensnare or perplex in argument; designed to entrap or entangle by subtlety; fallacious, sophistical. – Dan Jan 8 '16 at 16:23
  • @Dan: It has that meaning (echoed by the second listed definitions on AHD and M-W) when applied to questions or arguments. OED definition 2 applies to people, as above: Apt to catch at faults or take exception to actions; disposed to find fault, cavil, or raise objections; fault-finding, cavilling, carping. I only included the definition relevant to the OP, but you're right that it has two distinct definitions. – Jeff Bowman Jan 8 '16 at 16:38

As an additional alternative to the excellent answers already given, one could say

wet blanket

a person who makes it difficult for other people to enjoy themselves by complaining, by showing no enthusiasm, etc.

one that quenches or dampens enthusiasm or pleasure


The mental image I get from this is that of a group of people are enjoying a cheerful campfire, and then someone comes and throws a wet blanket over the fire, putting it out.


The word you are looking for is buzzkill.

buzzkill (Urban Dictionary) when someone or something ruins a special moment which may or may not be drug induced and (OED) - n. N. Amer. slang a person who or thing which dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment; a killjoy, a ‘downer’.

1992 Village Voice (N.Y.) 28 Jan. 51/4 This February-December romance would allow the old gal to stretch herself past providing the show's weekly racist buzz-kill. 2003 M. McCafferty Second Helpings 72, I will try not to be such a buzzkill. If I succeed, I will write happy journal entries.

http://merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buzzkill : one that has a depressing or negative effect

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    To a pessimist, optimism is a buzzkill. – Mazura Jan 6 '16 at 17:45


adjective (Oxford English Dictionary)

  1. Causing or feeling depression or despondency

Marvin was such a gloomy robot that even the automated doors sighed at his approach.



adjective (Oxford English Dictionary)

  1. Causing a mood of gloom or depression

Here was a dismal soul, dispelling happiness and light wherever his blighted presence was felt.

  • He is not just a gloomy person, he is a person who inflicts 'gloom' on other people. – Sophia Jan 7 '16 at 4:36
  • The definition of gloomy says exactly that: causing (inflicting) depression or despondency. The word causing implies that the effect is felt by others. – James B. Byrne Jan 7 '16 at 17:23
  • I wanted to suggest Marvin! – Peter A. Schneider Jan 7 '16 at 18:07


US A person whose lack of enthusiasm or bad temper has a depressing effect on others [C20: from a character in the 1957 children's book How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr Seuss (1904-91), US writer and illustrator, whose full name was Theodor Seuss Geisel] CED


A chronic, whining complainer AHD


A person who cries or complains readily or often, esp. with little cause. [1850–55, Amer.] Random House



  1. a person who spoils other people's fun or enjoyment
  2. One who spoils the pleasure of others


I don't want to sound like a killjoy, but shouldn't we study tonight?

(His perpetually negative attitude made him a real killjoy when others were trying to have fun)

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