[ oh-ver-joi ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈdʒɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate: It overjoys me to hear of your good fortune. I was overjoyed at her safe arrival.

Nearby words

  1. overhydrate,
  2. overijssel,
  3. overindulge,
  4. overissue,
  5. overjet,
  6. overjoyed,
  7. overkill,
  8. overlade,
  9. overlaid,
  10. overlain

Origin of overjoy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, joy

Related formso·ver·joyed, adjective

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

Examples from the Web for overjoy

British Dictionary definitions for overjoy


/ (ˌəʊvəˈdʒɔɪ) /


(tr) to give great delight to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for overjoy



late 14c., "to rejoice over," from over- + joy (q.v.); translating Latin supergaudere (in Psalms xxxiv, etc.). Transitive sense of "to fill with gladness" is first recorded 1570s (now usually in past participle overjoyed).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper