[ joi-lis ]
/ ˈdʒɔɪ lɪs /


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for joyless


/ (ˈdʒɔɪlɪs) /


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



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

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