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[joi-rahyd] /ˈdʒɔɪˌraɪd/
a pleasure ride in an automobile, especially when the vehicle is driven recklessly or used without the owner's permission.
a brief, emotionally exciting interlude.
verb (used without object), joyrode, joyridden, joyriding.
to go on a joyride.
Origin of joyride
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; joy + ride
Related forms
joyrider, noun Unabridged
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  • That wasnt a joy ride to show what I could do in the way of handling the planeoh, no!

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron W. Crispin Sheppard
  • "Come on for a joy ride, Pete, and fetch Dickie," invited Wiggle.

    Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. Nellie M. Leonard
  • We'll plaster and bandage 'em up and they will finish their joy ride in the cart.

    Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. Nellie M. Leonard
  • With this, he went for a joy ride, and got drunk into the bargain.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • I suppose it's kinder to them than to go for a joy ride; but it's hard on me.

  • I used to pile them in and give them as good a joy ride as the chauffeur, acting under orders, would allow.

    The Great War As I Saw It Frederick George Scott
  • At 10-30 we went out for a walk—five of us—and our destination was the trenches, just for a few hours' joy ride.

    Letters from France Isaac Alexander Mack
  • But, alas, it was an adventure which was to prove something more than a joy ride, before another two hours were past.

British Dictionary definitions for joy ride


a ride taken for pleasure in a car, esp in a stolen car driven recklessly
verb -rides, -riding, -rode, -ridden
(intransitive) to take such a ride
Derived Forms
joyrider, noun
joyriding, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for joy ride

joy ride

noun phrase

A ride or trip taken solely for pleasure, esp a fast and merry junket that is in some way forbidden: They stole the police car and had themselves a joy ride (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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