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 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 Jared Isaacman, the billionaire taking a SpaceX Dragon on a multi-day orbital joyride later this year, is bringing a St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital nurse and raising money for the institution. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 8 June 2021 Bidding for a joyride in outer space next to the Amazon founder was already at $2.8 million with nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries, according to the company. NBC News, 7 June 2021 The parents didn't find out about the joyride until police called them after the crash. Fox News, 3 June 2021 An Indianapolis man is accused of helping steal four muscle cars in LaPorte worth $240,000, including a $92,000 Dodge Hellcat, then taking it on a joyride topping 150 mph on Interstate 80/94, charges state. Meredith Colias-pete,, 28 May 2021 The teens stopped at a Taco Bell about three and a half hours into the joyride, before abandoning the car, according to court documents. oregonlive, 6 May 2021 Hours after his release from prison, Jesus Quintana pairs up with fellow misfits Petey and Marie for a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The result is a joyride of a challenge that features a laugh a minute and some high-stakes shake-ups that are sure to make the final few episodes of the season that much more exciting. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 Along the way, UCLA gave itself a template for carrying this late-season joyride into the NCAA tournament. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Joyride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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