Definition of joy in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒɔɪ


[mass noun]


[no object] literary Back to top  
  • Rejoice: I felt shame that I had ever joyed in his discomfiture or pain
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    • It took 52 years for Sri Lanka to do it - when Susanthika mounted the medal ceremony podium on Thursday night to receive her bronze, millions of Sri Lankans around the world joyed in jubilation.


be full of the joys of spring

Be lively and cheerful.
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  • He seems full of the joys of spring for some reason.
  • No doubt others will pitch in tomorrow, but the Indy, which has the exclusive on this, is full of the joys of spring.
  • There have been days when I've jumped out of bed full of the joys of spring, opened the mail and felt like crawling back under the duvet.

wish someone joy

British , chiefly • ironic Congratulate someone: I wish you joy of your marriage
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  • The community wish them joy, good wishes and congratulations.
  • He wouldn't dance at her wedding - had turned down the invitation - but he wished her joy.
  • I did not know what to say to Yrling, and so said simply, ‘My Lord, I wish you joy.’


Middle English: from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere 'rejoice'.

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