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joyless

[joi-lis]
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adjective
  1. without joy or gladness; unhappy: the joyless days of the war.
  2. causing no joy or pleasure.
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Origin of joyless

First recorded in 1300–50, joyless is from the Middle English word joyles. See joy, -less
Related formsjoy·less·ly, adverbjoy·less·ness, noun

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1. sad, cheerless, gloomy, dismal, miserable.

Antonyms

1. joyous.
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joyless

adjective
  1. having or producing no joy or pleasure
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Derived Formsjoylessly, adverbjoylessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyless

adj.

mid-14c., from joy + -less. Related: Joylessly; joylessness.

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