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.

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Taylor, who is a part-time contract guard for the U.S. Marshal Service, believes at least 100 bikers eventually showed up to this year's joyride. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jack's Ride': 100-year-old vet takes joyride with motorcycle club," 29 June 2019 Compared to the Kentucky Derby disqualification over a rider's objection and Bodexpress' Preakness Stakes joyride, the Belmont was a relatively uneventful race. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Casse and Bill Mott are the top winners of a wild Triple Crown season," 9 June 2019 The result: a fun, comfy joyride at near-normal bike speeds. Roy M. Wallack,, "Summer is calling: Fitness gear to get you outdoors – and moving," 5 July 2018 In a new study, scientists reveal aging to be a process set in motion by the rise of malign forces called senescent cells, which progressively hijack the body and take it on a nightmarish joyride. Melissa Healy,, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 Often, teenagers take cars for joyrides and abandon them in Hartford. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Residents Rail Against Proposed Curfew," 10 July 2018 The two polygraph experts were busted for taking a bicycle with a pink seat on a late-night joyride between bars on Mackinac Island, the Detroit News reports. Melissa Locker, Time, "Two Cops Went on a Very Silly Joy Ride on a Pink-Seated Bicycle," 27 June 2018 Twenty years ago, Les Bleus won their first World Cup, and took the world on a joyride. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "2018 World Cup: Previewing everything from Messi and Ronaldo to the best teams and matches," 13 June 2018 Yabut’s Twitter feed includes pictures and video apparently taken during the joyride. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Soldier Steals Armored Vehicle, Takes Joyride Through City," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of joyride

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of joyride was in 1909

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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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