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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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  • The worthy man was overjoyed to be able to increase his daughter's happiness.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He was overjoyed to recognize that it was, as he expected, one of the boats from the flagship.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • "That's a splendid idea," cried Mollie, overjoyed at the notion.

    Mollie and the Unwiseman Abroad John Kendrick Bangs
  • So overjoyed was I to find my husband restored that I forgot the rest of the charms.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Ordinarily Nan would not have been so overjoyed to see Aunt Sarah.

    The Four Corners Amy Ella Blanchard
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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