see also: Joy
Pronunciation Noun


  1. 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.
  2. Anything that causes such a feeling.
    the joys and demands of parenthood
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Thessalonians 2:20 ↗:
      For, ye are our glory and ioy.
    • A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
  3. Luck or success; a positive outcome.
    • , Colin Owen, Colin's Shorts (volume 2, page 65)
      Grant had no joy with taking a nap, so he began to systematically feel if everything was working: fingers and toes, etc.
    • 2012, Robert Stansbridge, Bia's Wedding (page 4)
      'Rob? It's Gary. Are you having any joy with this trip to Bali?' 'No joy at all, mate. I reckon Bali's out for the foreseeable future. […]
  4. (obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.
    • Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
    • The roofs with joy resound.
Antonyms Translations Verb

joy (joys, present participle joying; past and past participle joyed)

  1. (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [;view=fulltext chapter ix], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      for oftymes or this oure lord shewed hym vnto good men and vnto good knyghtes in lykenes of an herte But I suppose from hens forth ye shalle see no more / and thenne they Ioyed moche / and dwelled ther alle that day / And vpon the morowe whan they had herde masse / they departed and commaunded the good man to god
    • 1829, Walter Scott, Anne of Geierstein, Edinburgh: Cadell, Volume 3, Chapter 8, p. 222,
      I joy to see you wear around your neck the holy relic I bestowed on you;—but what Moorish charmlet is that you wear beside it?
    • 1885, Richard Francis Burton (translator), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18, “Tale of the Portress,” p. 178,
      I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To enjoy.
    • 1594, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II (play), London: William Jones,
      I haue my wish, in that I ioy thy sight,
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, Book 4, Canto I, p. 5,
      For from the time that Scudamour her bought,
      In perilous fight, she neuer ioyed day […] .
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 9, lines 1164-1168,[]
      Is this the Love, is this the recompence
      Of mine to thee, ingrateful Eve, exprest
      Immutable when thou wert lost, not I,
      Who might have liv’d and joyd immortal bliss,
      Yet willingly chose rather Death with thee:
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To give joy to; to congratulate.
    • 1700, [John] Dryden, “Palamon and Arcite: Or, The Knight’s Tale. In Three Books.”, in Fables Ancient and Modern; […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 228732415 ↗, book III, page 88 ↗:
      Then round our Death-bed ev'ry Friend ſhou'd run, / And joy us of our Conqueſt, early won: {{...}
    • 1718, Matthew Prior, Poems on Several Occasions, London: Jacob Tonson, p. 405,
      Evil like Us they shun, and covet Good;
      Abhor the Poison, and receive the Food.
      Like Us they love or hate: like Us they know,
      To joy the Friend, or grapple with the Foe.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, Pericles, Act I, Scene 2,
      Yet neither pleasure’s art can joy my spirits,
      Nor yet the other’s distance comfort me.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • 1857, Dinah Craik, John Halifax, Gentleman, Chapter XXI:
      She was named Muriel — after the rather peculiar name of John's mother. Her own mother would have it so; only wishing out of her full heart, happy one! that there should be a slight alteration made in the second name. Therefore the baby was called Muriel Joy — Muriel Joy Halifax.
    • 2009 Princess Kasune Zulu, Warrior Princess, IVP Books, ISBN 978-0-8308-3725-0, page 80:
      All the while, our baby Joyce was growing to be a very outgoing baby. ( - - - ) Given the joy we felt watching her grow and from our connection to the church, the name Joy seemed appropriate for our baby girl. Soon that's what we shortened it to, and what she is known by to this day.
  2. Surname

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