[ joi-rahyd ]
/ ˈdʒɔɪˌraɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. joyner-kersee, jackie,
  2. joyous,
  3. joyously,
  4. joypad,
  5. joypop,
  6. joyrider,
  7. joyriding,
  8. joystick,
  9. jozi,
  10. joão pessoa

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

Examples from the Web for joy-rider

  • Safe, I mean, of course, from being run down by some joy-rider.

    Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey

British Dictionary definitions for joy-rider



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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