Joy definition

joi
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A very glad feeling; happiness; great pleasure; delight.
noun
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To be full of joy; rejoice.
verb
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To make joyful.
verb
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The expression or showing of such feeling.
noun
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A feminine name.
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Anything causing such feeling.
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Joy is defined as happiness and delight.

An example of joy is what you feel on your wedding day.

noun
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A source or an object of joy.

Their only child, their pride and joy.

noun
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To enjoy.
verb
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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.

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A female given name.
pronoun
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To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
verb
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To take great pleasure; rejoice.
verb
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To enjoy.
verb
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Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.
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An expression of such feeling.
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Anything that causes such a feeling.

The joys and demands of parenthood.

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Dryden.

The roofs with joy resound.

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(intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
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(archaic) To enjoy.
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Prior.

To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
joy
Plural:
joys

Origin of joy

  • Middle English joie from Old French from Latin gaudia pl. of gaudium joy from gaudēre to rejoice gāu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • From the noun joy, first used by Puritans in the 17th century.

    From Wiktionary