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joy

[joi] /dʒɔɪ/
noun
1.
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:
She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
2.
a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:
Her prose style is a pure joy.
3.
the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4.
a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
5.
to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)
6.
Obsolete. to gladden.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English joy(e) < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent to gaud- (base of gaudēre to be glad) + -ium -ium
Related forms
unjoyed, adjective
Synonyms
1. rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.
Antonyms
1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.

Joy

[joi] /dʒɔɪ/
noun
1.
a female given name.
Also, Joye.
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Examples from the web for joy
  • People often hear a song and cry, or feel great joy or sorrow.
  • We play for the joy of playing and camaraderie.
  • Ellie restores joy to her town by believing in miracles.
  • New parents dote on their babies and toddlers, squealing with joy during their cheerleading efforts.
  • It's cliché, I know, but she was crying tears of joy.
  • He takes joy where he can find it.
  • The joy in the day of an old man may not be the same joy as in the day of a young man.
  • Trying to maintain household perfection during the holidays, however, can take the joy out of the season.
  • But being a journalist is both a joy and a responsibility.
  • Readers will empathize with Alice's frustrations and relish her moments of joy.
British Dictionary definitions for joy

joy

/dʒɔɪ/
noun
1.
a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
2.
something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
3.
an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
4.
(Brit, informal) success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
verb
5.
(intransitive) to feel joy
6.
(transitive) (obsolete) to make joyful; gladden
Word Origin
C13: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad
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Word Origin and History for joy
n.

c.1200, "feeling of pleasure and delight;" c.1300, "source of pleasure or happiness," from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium "joy," from gaudere "rejoice," from PIE root *gau- "to rejoice" (cf. Greek gaio "I rejoice," Middle Irish guaire "noble"). Joy-riding is American English, 1908.

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joy in Technology
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A functional programming language by Manfred von Thun. Joy is unusual because it is not based on lambda calculus, but on the composition of functions. Functions take a stack as argument, consume any number of parameters from it, and return it with any number of results on it. The concatenation of programs denotes the composition of functions. One of the datatypes of Joy is that of quoted programs, of which lists are a special case.
Joy Home (http://latrobe.edu.au/philosophy/phimvt/joy.html).
(2003-06-13)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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