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[joi] /dʒɔɪ/
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.
a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:
Her prose style is a pure joy.
the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to gladden.
Origin of joy
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
1. rapture. 4. bliss. See pleasure.
1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for joyed
Historical Examples
  • And he joyed in drinking the liquor first tasted by them, perfumed with their sighs, red as their bimba lips.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • "Since you are wanting a quarrel, I'll give you cause for one," he said, and I joyed to hear him say it.

    Nancy Stair Elinor Macartney Lane
  • And all he had loved and joyed in, he had known she would love and joy in, too.

    His Grace of Osmonde Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He had marveled at it, and joyed in it, all their years together.

  • I joyed particularly in every such opportunity as this no matter how trivial it appeared later.

    One Way Out William Carleton
  • Not even the Elizabethans so joyed in "green" words, as the French say, as do some Irish.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • As though he joyed in putting her over the miles, Bud drove.

    Cabin Fever B. M. Bower
  • Nor cared I to enjoy what I stole, but joyed in the theft and sin itself.

  • Oft he turned the treasure over, Counting fondly and recounting; And he joyed to hear the jingle Of the yellow coins he counted.p.

  • I need hardly say how joyed was De Hauteroche by the assurance.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for joyed


a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
(Brit, informal) success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
(intransitive) to feel joy
(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 joyed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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