joy·​ride | \ ˈjȯi-ˌrīd How to pronounce joyride (audio) \

Definition of joyride

1 : a ride taken for pleasure (as in a car or aircraft) especially : an automobile ride marked by reckless driving (as in a stolen car)
2 : conduct or action resembling a joyride especially in disregard of cost or consequences

Other Words from joyride

joyride intransitive verb
joyrider \ ˈjȯi-​ˌrī-​dər How to pronounce joyride (audio) \ noun
joyriding noun

Examples of joyride in a Sentence

Some teenager stole my car and took it for a joyride.
Recent Examples on the Web But don’t be fooled: the downhill slope is not a joyride. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The experience is also a popular birthday and anniversary gift, a joyride with bragging rights. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Robin and Vernon Huffman met 20 years ago at the Loma Alta Preserve, north of San Francisco in Marin County, on a winter joyride with their mountain-biking club: the Forest Knolls Freewheelers. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, 8 June 2022 In the first minutes after midnight when the lockdown lifted, fireworks and firecrackers could be heard ringing across town, and some residents revved up their cars for a joyride. Eva Dou And Pei-lin Wu, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2022 The joyride stops abruptly when the boy crashes into the furry animal. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 The fact that Bezos can blast out more pollution in a single joyride than a seventh of the world’s population could ever muster gets to the crux of WIL’s research. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 18 May 2022 Yet on his Bitcoin joyride, the merry prankster’s got no more control than a drunk at the wheel. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 May 2022 Whaley and the 2-year-old would pretend to repair tricycles together or cram into the boy’s tiny green-and-black Monster Truck for a joyride down the driveway. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of joyride

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2022

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“Joyride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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