1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight.
Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy. --Dryden.
Glides the smooth current of domestic joy. --Johnson.
Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. --Heb. xii. 2.
Tears of true joy for his return. --Shak.
Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. --Locke.
2. That which causes joy or happiness.
For ye are our glory and joy. --1 Thess. ii. 20.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --Keats.
3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity.
Such joy made Una, when her knight she found. --Spenser.
The roofs with joy resound. --Dryden.
Note: ☞ Joy is used in composition, esp. with participles, to from many self-explaining compounds; as, joy-bells, joy-bringing, joy-inspiring, joy-resounding, etc.
Syn: -- Gladness; pleasure; delight; happiness; exultation; transport; felicity; ecstasy; rapture; bliss; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity; hilarity.
Joy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Joyed p. pr. & vb. n. Joying.] To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
I will joy in the God of my salvation. --Hab. iii. 18.
In whose sight all things joy. --Milton.
Joy, v. t.
1. To give joy to; to congratulate. [Obs.] “Joy us of our conquest.”
To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe. --Prior.
2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. [Obs.]
Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits. --Shak.
3. To enjoy. [Obs.] See Enjoy.
Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss. --Milton.
n 1: the emotion of great happiness [syn: joyousness, joyfulness]
2: something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of
happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his
company"; "the new car is a delight" [syn: delight, pleasure]
v 1: feel happiness or joy [syn: rejoice]
2: make glad or happy [syn: gladden] [ant: sadden]