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[oh-ver-joi] /ˌoʊ vərˈdʒɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate:
It overjoys me to hear of your good fortune. I was overjoyed at her safe arrival.
Origin of overjoy
1350-1400; Middle English; see over-, joy
Related forms
overjoyed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overjoyed
  • Everybody was surprised and overjoyed at this happy outcome, when two sail came in sight.
  • He would hear about the unanimous decision by a phone call from his overjoyed team.
  • We are relieved, grateful and overjoyed to see him again.
  • The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it.
  • Our opponents would be overjoyed would do more and more laws to persecute us easier.
  • After several days they were overjoyed to return to their job on the road or in the woods.
  • The couple is overjoyed and immediately takes the rabbit home.
British Dictionary definitions for overjoyed


delighted; excessively happy


(transitive) to give great delight to
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Word Origin and History for overjoyed



late 14c., "to rejoice over," from over- + joy (q.v.); translating Latin supergaudere (in Psalms xxxiv, etc.). Transitive sense of "to fill with gladness" is first recorded 1570s (now usually in past participle overjoyed).

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