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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
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Origin of overjoy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, joy
Related formso·ver·joyed, adjective
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Related Words for overjoyed

elated, delighted, jubilant, thrilled, euphoric, charmed, transported, joyful, rapturous

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Contemporary Examples of overjoyed

Historical Examples of overjoyed

  • We were overjoyed; and I need not add I was very thankful for this good fortune.

  • I should be overjoyed if I dared depend on it, but after all that I have seen how can one be secure.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • Legard, overjoyed, and scarcely trusting his senses, gave the promise.

  • And I know I am so; and I know she is overjoyed when she can bring it to my mind.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She was so overjoyed that she not only made it public throughout France but despatches were sent off to all her royal relatives.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete

    Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe

British Dictionary definitions for overjoyed


  1. delighted; excessively happy
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  1. (tr) to give great delight to
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Word Origin and History for overjoyed



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).

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