wet blanket

  • 1 Wet blanket — Wet Wet (w[e^]t), a. [Compar. {Wetter}; superl. {Wettest}.] [OE. wet, weet, AS. w[=ae]t; akin to OFries. w[=e]t, Icel. v[=a]tr, Sw. v[*a]t, Dan. vaad, and E. water. [root]137. See {Water}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Containing, or consisting of, water or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 wet blanket — /wɛt ˈblæŋkət / (say wet blangkuht) noun Colloquial a person or thing that dampens ardour or has a discouraging or depressing effect: *Mahony, having talked his first heat off, grew chilled by the wet blanket of Ocock s silence. –henry handel… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 3 wet blanket — • wet blanket • kill joy person who discourages others from having fun He is a wet blanket so we never invite him to any parties. (from Idioms in Speech) a person who damps enthusiasm or checks ardour …

    Idioms and examples

  • 4 wet blanket — A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people s fun …

    The small dictionary of idiomes

  • 5 wet-blanket — /wet blang kit/, v.t. 1. to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket. 2. to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment of (a person, group, etc.). [1865 70] * * * …

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  • 6 wet blanket — wet blankets N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is a wet blanket, you are criticizing them because they refuse to join other people in an enjoyable activity or because they want to stop other people enjoying themselves. [INFORMAL] Syn …

    English dictionary

  • 7 wet blanket — [ US ˈ. ˌ..] n informal someone who seems to want to spoil other people s fun, for example by refusing to join them in something enjoyable that they are doing …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 wet blanket — noun count INFORMAL someone who spoils other people s fun by being negative and complaining …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 wet blanket — ► NOUN informal ▪ a person who spoils other people s enjoyment with their disapproving or unenthusiastic manner …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 wet blanket — n. a person or thing whose presence or influence lessens the enthusiasm or joy of others …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 wet blanket — {n.}, {informal} A person or thing that keeps others from enjoying life. * /The teenagers don t invite Bob to their parties because he is a wet blanket./ * /The weatherman throws a wet blanket on picnic plans when he forecasts rain./ Compare:… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 12 wet blanket — {n.}, {informal} A person or thing that keeps others from enjoying life. * /The teenagers don t invite Bob to their parties because he is a wet blanket./ * /The weatherman throws a wet blanket on picnic plans when he forecasts rain./ Compare:… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 13 wet blanket —    A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people s fun.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A person who is a wet blanket is so boring or unenthusiastic that they prevent others from enjoying themselves.     Come on! Relax! Don t… …

    English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 14 wet-blanket — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: wet blanket : to quench or dampen with or as if with a wet blanket : discourage, depress * * * /wet blang kit/, v.t. 1. to extinguish (a fire) with a wet blanket. 2. to dampen the enthusiasm or enjoyment… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 wet blanket — n. someone who ruins a good time. (In the way that a wet blanket is used to put out a fire.) □ Oh, Martin! Why do you have to be such a wet blanket? □ Don’t be a wet blanket! Have some fun! …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 16 wet blanket — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms wet blanket : singular wet blanket plural wet blankets informal someone who spoils other people s fun by being negative and complaining …

    English dictionary

  • 17 wet blanket — I np A squelcher. I hate to go to parties with Shamus Allgood. He s such a wet blanket. 1850s II np A squelcher. Ralph is such a wet blanket, I doubt you can get him to go a party. 1920s …

    Historical dictionary of American slang

  • 18 wet\ blanket — noun informal A person or thing that keeps others from enjoying life. The teenagers don t invite Bob to their parties because he is a wet blanket. The weatherman throws a wet blanket on picnic plans when he forecasts rain. Compare: crepe hanger …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 19 wet blanket — 1. a blanket dampened with water so as to extinguish a fire. 2. a person or thing that dampens enthusiasm or enjoyment: Nobody asked him to join the group because he s such a wet blanket. [1655 65] * * * …

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  • 20 Wet blanket —   A wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people s fun …

    Dictionary of English idioms