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[oh-ver-joi] /ˌoʊ vərˈdʒɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate:
It overjoys me to hear of your good fortune. I was overjoyed at her safe arrival.
Origin of overjoy
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at over-, joy
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overjoyed, adjective Unabridged
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  • We were overjoyed; and I need not add I was very thankful for this good fortune.

  • I should be overjoyed if I dared depend on it, but after all that I have seen how can one be secure.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • Legard, overjoyed, and scarcely trusting his senses, gave the promise.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And I know I am so; and I know she is overjoyed when she can bring it to my mind.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • She was so overjoyed that she not only made it public throughout France but despatches were sent off to all her royal relatives.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
British Dictionary definitions for overjoyed


delighted; excessively happy


(transitive) to give great delight to
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Word Origin and History for overjoyed



late 14c., "to rejoice over," from over- + joy (q.v.); translating Latin supergaudere (in Psalms xxxiv, etc.). Transitive sense of "to fill with gladness" is first recorded 1570s (now usually in past participle overjoyed).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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