(countable and uncountable, plural joys)
- A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
- a child's joy on Christmas morning
- They will be a source of strength and joy in your life.
- Anything that causes such a feeling.
- the joys and demands of parenthood
- The roofs with joy resound.
(third-person singular simple present joys, present participle joying, simple past and past participle joyed)
- (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
- (archaic) To enjoy.
- To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.
Middle English joye, from Old French joie, from Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (mistaken as feminine singular) of gaudium (“joy”), from gaudēre (“to be glad, rejoice”). Displaced native Middle English wunne (from Old English wynn), Middle Englishhight, hught (“joy, hope”) (from Old English hyht), Middle English rot, root (“joy, delight”) (from Old English rōt), Middle English murȝe murghe (“joy, mirth”) (from Old English myrg (“joy, mirth”)), Middle English gleo (“joy, glee”) (from Old English glēow, glīw (“glee”)), Middle English blisse (“joy, bliss”) (from Old English blisse, blīþs).
From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.