Etymology: From the Saturday Night Live character Debbie Downer, played by Rachel Dratch
1. a: a person who says something terribly depressing (a downer
), typically only tangentially related to the present circumstance or topic of conversation, and thereby destroys the positive atmosphere. b: a statement that is charactaristic of Debbie Downer
Usage note: In the skit, following each downer Debbie voices, a trombone plays a "wah waaah" (sad trombone
) sound effect and the camera zooms in on Debbie Downer's face, which is twisted in comic despair.