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Cheerless; dismal.

joy′less·ly adv.
joy′less·ness n.
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Adv.1.joylessly - in a joyless manner; without joy; "she greeted her guests joylessly"
gleefully, joyfully, joyously - in a joyous and gleeful manner; "the old man had greeted her gleefully"
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Princess Mary was still the same timid, plain maiden getting on in years, uselessly and joylessly passing the best years of her life in fear and constant suffering.
To bear the burdens of an engaged life and share its pleasures is better than to live joylessly in isolation.
United are just two points off the top of the Prem, yet when you watch Van Gaal's team play so joylessly, you doubt whether he will ever be cherished at Old Trafford.
On a damp, grey opening day, play did not start until four o'clock and then Yorkshire ground joylessly to 135 for two after Mayer bowled Sutcliffe for 25 but Wilf Barber compiled a typically cautious half-century .
He plods on joylessly to "suggest at least eight reasons why regular Sunday Eucharist is so important for the.
Dad would cut, rake, and bale, while my sister and I would joylessly wait for him to finish.
The old' shouldn't wear short skirts; they shouldn't wear sleeveless tops; in short, they should just grow up, sign up for a course of HRT and joylessly wait for the Grim Reaper to turn up.
Actually, given how exuberantly stupid the show is in its depiction of joylessly witless characters, I'm not sure it merits a time slot anywhere.
The search for love has rarely been portrayed as joylessly as it is in Butterfly Stories.
Even though much was made of the timber-rattling efforts from Pavel Nedved and Jan Koller and the general quality across their midfield, don't forget that for 45 minutes they were joylessly negative.
The UCLA players aren't automatons, marching joylessly toward college football's summit.
Melissa murdered Let It Be, while Laika under much duress and, by the look in its eyes, the threat of another night sleeping in a cupboard, pawed at the guitar joylessly.