joy·​ride ˈjȯi-ˌrīd How to pronounce joyride (audio)
: a ride taken for pleasure (as in a car or aircraft)
especially : an automobile ride marked by reckless driving (as in a stolen car)
: conduct or action resembling a joyride especially in disregard of cost or consequences
joyride intransitive verb
joyrider noun
joyriding noun

Examples of joyride in a Sentence

Some teenager stole my car and took it for a joyride.
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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of joyride was in 1909

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“Joyride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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joy·​ride ˈjoi-ˌrīd How to pronounce joyride (audio)
: a ride taken for pleasure and often marked by reckless driving
joyrider noun

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