Definition of joyless in English:

joyless

Syllabification: joy·less
Pronunciation: /ˈjoiləs
 
/

adjective

Not giving or feeling any pleasure or satisfaction; grim or dismal: she had to face the thought of a joyless future
More example sentences
  • It's a bit like scratching an unbearable itch: a completely satisfying activity, but joyless at the same time.
  • All the characters lead dismal, joyless lives.
  • This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun.
Synonyms
gloomy, melancholy, morose, lugubrious, glum, somber, saturnine, sullen, dour, humorlessdepressing, cheerless, gloomy, dreary, bleak, dispiriting, drab, dismal, desolate, austere, somber; unwelcoming, uninviting, inhospitable
literary drear

Derivatives

joylessly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The image of Atta joylessly spooning cold mashed potato into his mouth, taken with everything else we know, strongly suggested a man for whom this world mattered little.
  • Given these constraints, as oppressive as the white tie and collar studs the men joylessly wear, the actors give focused, intelligent performances.
  • Ady's poems became required reading joylessly recited by generations of Hungarian schoolchildren in bombastic voices of patriotism.

Definition of joyless in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day salmanazar
Pronunciation: ˌsalməˈneɪzə
noun
a wine bottle twelve times the standard size...