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 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 This time, a new Jeep turns the problem of reliving the same day over and over into a joyride alongside the famous weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil. Staff, USA TODAY, "Jeep’s “Groundhog Day” Wins USA TODAY’s 32nd Annual Super Bowl Ad Meter Competition," 3 Feb. 2020 AP Photo/John Raoux Up to four passengers will be able to hire SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft for a joyride around the Earth, Elon Musk’s company said today. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk?," 18 Feb. 2020 Police Chief Michael Lawn confirmed that the man’s joyride ended when he was stopped by police at the intersection of Pleasant and Bridge streets., "Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Here is a sampling of lesser-known — but no less noteworthy — incidents from police log books (a.k.a. blotters) in our suburbs.," 13 Nov. 2019 South Alabama’s basketball season hasn’t been the joyride many envisioned back in November, but the Jaguars can still play their way into achieving their preseason goals. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Chad Lott, South Alabama looking to do ‘whatever it takes’ in season’s home stretch," 13 Feb. 2020 The Dallas Black Dance Theatre also employs the music of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and others in a joyride through traditional and contemporary gospel music via choreographer Christopher L. Huggins’ Beams From Heaven. Lyndsay Knecht, Dallas News, "Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present a world premiere from choreographer Hope Boykin," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Joyride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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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