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), joy·rode, joy·rid·den, joy·rid·ing.

to go on a joyride.

Origin of joyride

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; joy + ride
Related formsjoy·rid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for joy ride

ride, outing, drive, round, tour, trip, travel, jaunt, spin, excursion, lift

British Dictionary definitions for joy ride



a ride taken for pleasure in a car, esp in a stolen car driven recklessly

verb joy-ride -rides, -riding, -rode or -ridden

(intr) to take such a ride
Derived Formsjoyrider, nounjoyriding, noun
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