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- Agitated with delight as a waving sea —Arabian Nights
- Exhilaration spread through his breast like some pleasurable form of heartburn —Nadine Gordimer
- A joyous feeling … shot up, like the grass in spring —Ivan Turgenev
- (Heart is) as full of sunshine as a hay field —Josh Billings
- 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.
- Ecstacy warm and rich as wine —Harvey Swados
- 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
- Enjoy life like a young porpoise —George Santayana
- Gorged with joy like a pigeon too fat to fly —Marge Piercy
- Great joys, like griefs, are silent —Shackerley Marmion
- Gurgle like a meadowlark —W. P. Kinsella
- Heart … soared like a geyser —William Peden
- Her heart became as light as a bubble —Antonia White
- Joy careens and smashes through them like a speeding car out of control —Irving Feldman
- Joy … felt it rumbling within him like a subterranean river —André Malraux
- Joyful as carollers —David Leavitt
- Joy is like the ague [malaria]; one good day between two bad ones —Danish proverb
- Joy leaping within me … like a trout in a brook —George Garrett
- Joy rises in me like a summer morn —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Joys are bubble-like; what makes them bursts them too —P. J. Bailey
- Joy, simple as the wildflowers —George Garrett
- Joys … like angel visits, short and bright —John Norris
The angel visit comparison has been as effectively linked to goodness and fame.
- Joys met by chance … flow for us fresh and strong, like new wine when it gushes from the press —André Gide
- 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
- (He is) jubilant as a flag unfurled —Dorothy Parker
- Men without joy seem like corpses —Kaethe Kolwitz
- My heart lifted like a wave —Norman Mailer
- Our joys are about me like a net —Iris Murdoch
- Rose and fell, like a floating swimmer, on easygoing great waves of voluptuous joy —Christina Stead
- A strong exhilaration ran through her like the fumes of wine —Ben Ames Williams
- The sun in my heart comes up like a Javanese orange —Dylan Thomas
- Their joys … ran into each other like water paints mingling to form delicate new colors —Sumner Locke Elliott
- 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.
- A wonderful feeling enveloped him, as if light were being shaken about him —John Cheever
Past participle: joyed
|Noun||1.||joy - the emotion of great happiness |
emotion - any strong feeling
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
|Verb||1.||joy - feel happiness or joy|
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
|2.||joy - make glad or happy|
overjoy - cause to feel extremely joyful or happy; "the economic growth overjoyed the German industry"
delight despair, grief, misery, sorrow, unhappiness, tribulation
"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[dʒɔɪ] N (= happiness) → alegría f; (= delight) → júbilo m, regocijo m; (= source of delight) → deleite m, alegría f
to be a joy to the eye → ser un gozo para los ojos
it's a joy to hear him → es un gusto oírlo, da gusto oírlo
the joys of opera → los encantos de la ópera
the joys of camping (lit) (also hum) → los placeres del camping
to be beside o.s. with joy → no caber en sí de gozo
did you have any joy in finding it? → ¿tuviste éxito en encontrarlo?
to jump or leap for joy → saltar de alegría
no joy! → ¡sin resultado!, ¡sin éxito!
we got no joy out of it → no logramos nada, no nos sirvió de nada
to our great joy → para nuestra gran alegría ...
I wish you joy of it! (iro) → ¡que lo disfrutes!, ¡enhorabuena!