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joy

 (joi)
n.
1.
a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness, or an instance of such feeling.
b. An expression of such feeling.
2. A source or an object of joy: their only child, their pride and joy.
v. joyed, joy·ing, joys Archaic
v.intr.
To take great pleasure; rejoice.
v.tr.
1. To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
2. To enjoy.

[Middle English joie, from Old French, from Latin gaudia, pl. of gaudium, joy, from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots.]

joy

(dʒɔɪ)
n
1. a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
2. something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
3. an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
4. informal Brit success; satisfaction: I went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy.
vb
5. (intr) to feel joy
6. (tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
[C13: from Old French joie, from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to be glad]

joy

(dʒɔɪ)
n.
1. a feeling or state of great delight or happiness; keen pleasure; elation.
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight: a book that was a joy to read.
3. the expression or display of glad feeling; gaiety.
v.i.
4. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
v.t.
5. Obs. to gladden.
[1175–1225; < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, orig. neuter pl. of Latin gaudium joy =gaud(ēre) to be glad + -ium -ium1]

Joy

 

See Also: CONTENTMENT, HAPPINESS, PLEASURE

  1. Agitated with delight as a waving sea —Arabian Nights
  2. Exhilaration spread through his breast like some pleasurable form of heartburn —Nadine Gordimer
  3. A joyous feeling … shot up, like the grass in spring —Ivan Turgenev
  4. (Heart is) as full of sunshine as a hay field —Josh Billings
  5. Bliss … as though you’d suddenly swallowed a bright piece of that late afternoon sun and it burned in your bosom, sending out a little shower of sparks into every particle —Katherine Mansfield

    The simile sets the mood for one of Mansfield’s best known stories, Bliss.

  6. Ecstacy warm and rich as wine —Harvey Swados
  7. Elated … like a lion tamer who has at last found the whip crack which will subdue the most ferocious of his big cats —John Mortimer
  8. Enjoy life like a young porpoise —George Santayana
  9. Gorged with joy like a pigeon too fat to fly —Marge Piercy
  10. Great joys, like griefs, are silent —Shackerley Marmion
  11. Gurgle like a meadowlark —W. P. Kinsella
  12. Heart … soared like a geyser —William Peden
  13. Her heart became as light as a bubble —Antonia White
  14. Joy careens and smashes through them like a speeding car out of control —Irving Feldman
  15. Joy … felt it rumbling within him like a subterranean river —André Malraux
  16. Joyful as carollers —David Leavitt
  17. Joy is like the ague [malaria]; one good day between two bad ones —Danish proverb
  18. Joy leaping within me … like a trout in a brook —George Garrett
  19. Joy rises in me like a summer morn —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. Joys are bubble-like; what makes them bursts them too —P. J. Bailey
  21. Joy, simple as the wildflowers —George Garrett
  22. Joys … like angel visits, short and bright —John Norris

    The angel visit comparison has been as effectively linked to goodness and fame.

  23. Joys met by chance … flow for us fresh and strong, like new wine when it gushes from the press —André Gide
  24. The joys we’ve missed in youth are like … lost umbrellas; we musn’t spend the rest of life wondering where they are —Henry James
  25. (He is) jubilant as a flag unfurled —Dorothy Parker
  26. Men without joy seem like corpses —Kaethe Kolwitz
  27. My heart lifted like a wave —Norman Mailer
  28. Our joys are about me like a net —Iris Murdoch
  29. Rose and fell, like a floating swimmer, on easygoing great waves of voluptuous joy —Christina Stead
  30. A strong exhilaration ran through her like the fumes of wine —Ben Ames Williams
  31. The sun in my heart comes up like a Javanese orange —Dylan Thomas
  32. Their joys … ran into each other like water paints mingling to form delicate new colors —Sumner Locke Elliott
  33. Triumphant as if I’d just hurled a shutout —W. P. Kinsella

    The term shutout was particularly appropriate in Kinsella’s baseball novel, Shoeless Joe. Baseball expressions do, however, work well within other contexts.

  34. A wonderful feeling enveloped him, as if light were being shaken about him —John Cheever

joy


Past participle: joyed
Gerund: joying

Imperative
joy
joy
Present
I joy
you joy
he/she/it joys
we joy
you joy
they joy
Preterite
I joyed
you joyed
he/she/it joyed
we joyed
you joyed
they joyed
Present Continuous
I am joying
you are joying
he/she/it is joying
we are joying
you are joying
they are joying
Present Perfect
I have joyed
you have joyed
he/she/it has joyed
we have joyed
you have joyed
they have joyed
Past Continuous
I was joying
you were joying
he/she/it was joying
we were joying
you were joying
they were joying
Past Perfect
I had joyed
you had joyed
he/she/it had joyed
we had joyed
you had joyed
they had joyed
Future
I will joy
you will joy
he/she/it will joy
we will joy
you will joy
they will joy
Future Perfect
I will have joyed
you will have joyed
he/she/it will have joyed
we will have joyed
you will have joyed
they will have joyed
Future Continuous
I will be joying
you will be joying
he/she/it will be joying
we will be joying
you will be joying
they will be joying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been joying
you have been joying
he/she/it has been joying
we have been joying
you have been joying
they have been joying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been joying
you will have been joying
he/she/it will have been joying
we will have been joying
you will have been joying
they will have been joying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been joying
you had been joying
he/she/it had been joying
we had been joying
you had been joying
they had been joying
Conditional
I would joy
you would joy
he/she/it would joy
we would joy
you would joy
they would joy
Past Conditional
I would have joyed
you would have joyed
he/she/it would have joyed
we would have joyed
you would have joyed
they would have joyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.joy - the emotion of great happinessjoy - the emotion of great happiness  
emotion - any strong feeling
high spirits, lightness, elation - a feeling of joy and pride
exultation, jubilance, jubilancy, jubilation - a feeling of extreme joy
excitement, exhilaration - the feeling of lively and cheerful joy; "he could hardly conceal his excitement when she agreed"
exuberance - joyful enthusiasm
sorrow - an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"
2.joy - something or someone that provides a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"
positive stimulus - a stimulus with desirable consequences
Verb1.joy - feel happiness or joy
chirk up, cheer up, cheer - become cheerful
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
gladden - become glad or happy
be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air - feel extreme happiness or elation
2.joy - make glad or happy
overjoy - cause to feel extremely joyful or happy; "the economic growth overjoyed the German industry"

joy

no joy no luck (Informal) a negative, no result, no success, no satisfaction They expect no joy from the vote itself.
Quotations
"But headlong joy is ever on the wing" [John Milton The Passion]
"Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing" [William Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida]
"Joy cometh in the morning" Bible: Psalms 5

joy

noun
1. A feeling of extreme gratification aroused by something good or desired:
2. A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits:
verb
1. To feel or take joy or pleasure:
2. Archaic. To give great or keen pleasure to:
Translations
بَهْجَةٌسرورفَرَح شديدمَصْدَر الفَرَح
radost
glæde
ĝojo
iloriemu
radost
öröm
ánægjagleðigleîiefni
喜び
기쁨
džiaugsminga nuotaika
prieks
radost
glädje
ความยินดี
neşeneşe kaynağısevinçhaz
sự vui mừng

joy

[dʒɔɪ] N (= happiness) → alegría f; (= delight) → júbilo m, regocijo m; (= source of delight) → deleite m, alegría f
to be a joy to the eyeser un gozo para los ojos
it's a joy to hear himes un gusto oírlo, da gusto oírlo
the joys of operalos encantos de la ópera
the joys of camping (lit) (also hum) → los placeres del camping
to be beside o.s. with joyno caber en sí de gozo
did you have any joy in finding it?¿tuviste éxito en encontrarlo?
to jump or leap for joysaltar de alegría
no joy!¡sin resultado!, ¡sin éxito!
we got no joy out of itno logramos nada, no nos sirvió de nada
to our great joypara nuestra gran alegría ...
I wish you joy of it! (iro) → ¡que lo disfrutes!, ¡enhorabuena!

joy

[ˈdʒɔɪ] n
(= delight) → joie f
to jump for joy → sauter de joie

joy

n
Freude f; to my great joyzu meiner großen Freude; to be full of the joys of springfroh und munter sein; she/the garden is a joy to beholdsie/der Garten ist eine Augenweide; it’s a joy to hear himes ist eine wahre Freude or ein Genuss, ihn zu hören; this car is a joy to drivees ist eine Freude, dieses Auto zu fahren; to wish somebody joyjdm Glück (und Zufriedenheit) wünschen; I wish you joy (of it)! (iro)na dann viel Spaß or viel Vergnügen!; one of the joys of this job is …eine der erfreulichen Seiten dieses Berufs ist …; that’s the joy of this systemdas ist das Schöne an diesem System ? jump
no pl (Brit inf: = success) → Erfolg m; I didn’t get much/any joyich hatte nicht viel/keinen Erfolg; any joy?hat es geklappt? (inf); you won’t get any joy out of himbei ihm werden Sie keinen Erfolg haben

joy

:
joyride
nSpritztour f (in einem gestohlenen Auto); to take a car for a joy(ein Auto stehlen und damit) eine Spritztour machen
joyrider
n Autodieb, der den Wagen nur für eine Spritztour will, → Joyrider(in) m(f)
joyriding
nJoyriding nt
joystick
n (Aviat) → Steuerknüppel m; (Comput) → Joystick m

joy

[dʒɔɪ] ngioia
to jump for joy → fare salti di gioia
I wish you joy of it! (iro) → buon pro ti faccia!
the joys of camping (also) (iro) → i piaceri del campeggio
it's a joy to hear him → è un piacere ascoltarlo
did you have any joy? → ci sei riuscito?
no joy! (fam) → niente da fare!

joy

(dʒoi) noun
1. great happiness. The children jumped for joy when they saw the new toys.
2. a cause of great happiness. Our son is a great joy to us.
ˈjoyful adjective
filled with, showing or causing joy. a joyful mood; joyful faces/news.
ˈjoyfully adverb
ˈjoyfulness noun
ˈjoyous adjective
joyful.
ˈjoyously adverb

joy

بَهْجَةٌ radost glæde Freude χαρά alegría ilo joie radost gioia 喜び 기쁨 vreugde glede radość alegria радость glädje ความยินดี neşe sự vui mừng 欢乐

joy

n. alegría.
References in classic literature ?
Half a dozen jovial lads were talking about skates in another part of the room, and she longed to go and join them, for skating was one of the joys of her life.
They behold home landscapes and childhood scenes returning; old loves and friendships begin to waken, old joys and griefs to laugh and weep.
I have cared for them, instructed them, watched over them, and know all their little cares and joys, for years; and how can I ever hold up my head again among them, if, for the sake of a little paltry gain, we sell such a faithful, excellent, confiding creature as poor Tom, and tear from him in a moment all we have taught him to love and value?
If I went among them as a gentleman, there would be restraints and conventionalities which would shut me out from their private joys and troubles, and I should get no further than the outside shell.
As a furnisher of business for me and for Mammy Dorcas she is exhaustlessly competent, but I like my share of it and of course Dorcas likes hers, for Dorcas "raised" George, and Cathy is George over again in so many ways that she brings back Dorcas's youth and the joys of that long-vanished time.
With a soft reminiscent sigh suggestive of bygone joys that may be tasted in their freshness but once.
Sometimes when some outrage of peculiar offensiveness stung her to the heart, she would plan schemes of vengeance and revel in the fancied spectacle of his exposure to the world as an imposter and a slave; but in the midst of these joys fear would strike her; she had made him too strong; she could prove nothing, and--heavens, she might get sold down the river for her pains
The Black Avenger stood still with folded arms, "looking his last" upon the scene of his former joys and his later sufferings, and wishing "she" could see him now, abroad on the wild sea, facing peril and death with dauntless heart, going to his doom with a grim smile on his lips.
She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything: her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.
It is all very well for the present," said he; "but seriously, I trust that when the first flush of vivacity is over, you will look a little higher than domestic endearments and household joys.
He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares long, long, forgotten.
I soon carried desolation into the bosom of our joys - not that I meant to do it, but that I was so full of the subject - by asking Dora, without the smallest preparation, if she could love a beggar?