noun joy·stick \-ˌstik\

: an upright lever used to control an airplane

: a lever used to control the movement of images on the screen in a computer or video game

Full Definition of JOYSTICK

:  a lever in an airplane that operates the elevators by a fore-and-aft motion and the ailerons by a side-to-side motion
:  a control for any of various devices (as a computer) that resembles an airplane's joystick especially in being capable of motion in two or more directions

Examples of JOYSTICK

  1. This game works with either a mouse or joystick.

Origin of JOYSTICK

perhaps from English slang joystick penis
First Known Use: 1910
JOYSTICK Defined for Kids


noun joy·stick \ˈji-ˌstik\

Definition of JOYSTICK for Kids

:  a control lever (as for a computer display or an airplane) capable of motion in two or more directions


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