joyless

[joi-lis]

adjective

without joy or gladness; unhappy: the joyless days of the war.
causing no joy or pleasure.

Nearby words

  1. joyce, james,
  2. joyce, william,
  3. joycean,
  4. joyful,
  5. joyfully,
  6. joylessly,
  7. joyner,
  8. joyner-kersee,
  9. joyner-kersee, jackie,
  10. joyous

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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British Dictionary definitions for joyless

joyless

adjective

having or producing no joy or pleasure
Derived Formsjoylessly, adverbjoylessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for joyless

joyless

adj.

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

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