- the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
- a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
- the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
- a state of happiness or felicity.
- to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
- Obsolete. to gladden.
Origin of joy
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Examples from the Web for joyed
He joyed to observe that these men of incredible millions had no hauteur.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
How it would have joyed him to hear the voice of his master, or of any of them!The Forest Exiles
"Since you are wanting a quarrel, I'll give you cause for one," he said, and I joyed to hear him say it.Nancy Stair
Elinor Macartney Lane
I do not think you yourself knew how much you joyed in things.The Scarecrow and Other Stories
G. Ranger Wormser
As well deny the martyr's sacrifice, because he has joyed in his integrity.
- a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
- something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
- an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
- British informal success; satisfactionI went to the bank for a loan, but got no joy
- (intr) to feel joy
- (tr) obsolete to make joyful; gladden
Word Origin and History for joyed
c.1200, "feeling of pleasure and delight;" c.1300, "source of pleasure or happiness," from Old French joie (11c.), from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium "joy," from gaudere "rejoice," from PIE root *gau- "to rejoice" (cf. Greek gaio "I rejoice," Middle Irish guaire "noble"). Joy-riding is American English, 1908.