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

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Other Words from joyride

joyride intransitive verb
joyrider \ ˈjȯi-​ˌrī-​dər How to pronounce joyrider (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 The teens stopped at a Taco Bell about three and a half hours into the joyride, before abandoning the car, the affidavit states. oregonlive, "2 of 3 teens sentenced for killing 65-year-old man, taking his car on joyride through North Portland," 10 Oct. 2020 The past week was bizarre, berserk, almost biblical—the president’s illness, the sudden helicopter to Walter Reed hospital, the botched mess of his spokesmen withholding information about his condition and treatments, the joyride to wave at fans. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Biden, Pence and the Wish for Normalcy," 8 Oct. 2020 The complaint said the 40-year-old from Milwaukee took a joyride on a tractor to try and carve his name in cursive on the field, causing $40,000 in damage. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "WATCH: Footage released of man who broke into Brewers' Miller Park and damaged field with tractor," 25 Sep. 2020 It’s a thrilling, escapist joyride through Blackpink and Gomez’s candy-colored universe—and a fashion extravaganza as sweet and sugary as the title suggests. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Blackpink and Selena Gomez’s New Video Is a Fashion-Fueled Sugar Rush," 28 Aug. 2020 The intruder who entered Miller Park’s playing field last week is accused of taking a joyride on a tractor and using it to try carving his name in cursive on the grounds, causing $40,000 in damage. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miller Park intruder tried carving his name into field with stolen tractor, causing $40K in damages," 9 June 2020 During the suspected joyride, police received multiple hit-and-run reports around the neighborhood that included the same car, authorities said. oregonlive, "Portland teens killed neighborhood can collector over car, then drove it to Taco Bell, court documents allege," 25 Oct. 2019 The teenagers then took his car on an hours-long joyride after the shooting, police said. oregonlive, "35 homicides in Portland in 2019 involved victims ranging in age from 18 to 65," 1 Jan. 2020 The Bears are charging into a season full of hope and yet the loose lug nut that caused last year’s joyride to crash and burn has still not been fixed. Rich Campbell,, "The realistic expectation for the 2019 Bears is ______ . Our writers fill in the blanks on 4 topics before training camp.," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of joyride

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2020

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“Joyride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of joyride

: a fast car ride taken for pleasure especially : a ride in a stolen car

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