- without joy or gladness; unhappy: the joyless days of the war.
- causing no joy or pleasure.
Origin of joyless
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1. sad, cheerless, gloomy, dismal, miserable.
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Examples from the Web for joyless
I mean, what kind of joyless world are we leaving for our children?Why Your Kids Must Watch ‘South Park’
September 24, 2014
If married life is as boring and joyless as this document, I am glad I am celibate.Did the Pope Just Wink at Gay Marriage?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 27, 2014
The quintessentially American lesson he learns is never to be joyless.A History of American Fun
February 9, 2014
The traffic was as light as if it were some joyless holiday.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life
November 1, 2012
The man was like a dark cloud—rather like having a joyless loan officer run the country.What Cameron Is Up Against
May 12, 2010
"No," she said, slowly, joyless resignation mingling with pride in her voice.The Market-Place
To me they are written in the dreary memory of a joyless, weary existence.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Thereon Drepanum receives me in its haven and joyless border.The Aeneid of Virgil
Bertha had never mingled with a gay crowd in so joyless a mood.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
These rays were joyless to the heart of the poor young girl, who wept and prayed.The Pearl of Lima
- having or producing no joy or pleasure
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Word Origin and History for joyless
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