See also: Joy

English Edit

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Pronunciation Edit

  • enPR: joi, IPA(key): /d͡ʒɔɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ

Etymology 1 Edit

From Middle English joye, borrowed from Old French joie, from Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (mistaken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium (joy), from gaudēre (to be glad, rejoice). Doublet of jo and gaudy (Oxford college reunion). Displaced native Old English ġefēa.

Noun Edit

joy (countable and uncountable, plural joys)

  1. A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
    a child's joy on Christmas morning
    They will be a source of strength and joy in your life.
  2. Anything that causes such a feeling.
    the joys and demands of parenthood
  3. Luck or success; a positive outcome.
    • 2012, Colin Owen, Colin's Shorts, volume 2, page 65:
      Grant had no joy with taking a nap, so he began to systematically feel if everything was working: fingers and toes, etc.
    • 2012, Robert Stansbridge, Bia's Wedding, page 4:
      'Rob? It's Gary. Are you having any joy with this trip to Bali?' 'No joy at all, mate. I reckon Bali's out for the foreseeable future. []
  4. (obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.
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  • Krio: jɔy
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Etymology 2 Edit

From Middle English joyen, joȝen, joien, from Old French jöir, from the noun (see above).

Verb Edit

joy (third-person singular simple present joys, present participle joying, simple past and past participle joyed)

  1. (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter IX, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      for oftymes or this oure lord shewed hym vnto good men and vnto good knyghtes in lykenes of an herte But I suppose from hens forth ye shalle see no more / and thenne they Ioyed moche / and dwelled ther alle that day / And vpon the morowe whan they had herde masse / they departed and commaunded the good man to god
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    • 1829, Walter Scott, chapter 8, in Anne of Geierstein[2], volume 3, Edinburgh: Cadell, page 222:
      I joy to see you wear around your neck the holy relic I bestowed on you;—but what Moorish charmlet is that you wear beside it?
    • 1885, Richard Francis Burton (translator), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18, “Tale of the Portress,” p. 178,[3]
      I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To enjoy.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To give joy to; to congratulate.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.

Uzbek Edit

Etymology Edit

From Persian جای(jây).

Noun Edit

joy (plural joylar)

  1. place

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