Definition of joy in English:
- My head rang with pain but I was alive, and the thought made me want to jump for joy.
- I wanted to jump for joy as I followed him out of the parking lot and up to the front of school.
- She packed up her flute and left the band room, wanting to run in to a corner and jump for joy.
- From her I discovered simple joys like listening for the cuckoo and hearing stories around the fire.
- One of the great joys of living in Toronto is the city's constant state of evolution.
- In spite of the indoor winter joys of heaters and comfort foods, something needs to be done.
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Joy is from Old French joie, based on Latin gaudium, from gaudere ‘rejoice’. In rejoice (Middle English) the re- makes the sense more intense; enjoy (Late Middle English) comes from the Old French enjoier ‘give joy to’.
be full of the joys of spring
- Be lively and cheerful.Example sentences
- 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 marriageMore example sentences
- 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.’
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