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 Lars homestead is well-automated, though, so Luke comes off like a joyride princeling, still playing with a toy spaceship. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 In some cases, those thefts and joyrides have resulted in horrific, high-speed crashes that leave the drivers, passengers, other motorists or pedestrians dead. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Blumenthal calls for review of vintage planes after crash at Bradley," 4 Oct. 2019 The show began as a fun joyride to Bikini Bottom, but quickly grew to become a meaningful part of many viewers’ lives. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "'SpongeBob SquarePants' Voice Actor Tom Kenny, Songwriter Andy Paley & More Reflect on 20 Years of Laughter & Music," 23 July 2019 An 8-year-old boy is unscathed after taking his parents' car for a joyride on Germany's high-speed autobahn early Thursday. NBC News, "Speedy 8-year-old clocks 86 mph driving parents' car on German autobahn," 22 Aug. 2019 Three underage children took the family car Monday for a joyride around Deltona but crashed it into a house on their way home, according to a WESH News article. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "3 kids steal the family car, crash it into a Deltona home: report," 6 Aug. 2019 The first joyride occurred Monday morning and the second on Tuesday night, according to Officer Grant Cottingham, a police spokesman. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Golf carts were stolen, driven on course at Stonebriar Country Club twice this week, Frisco police say," 24 July 2019 With sunny skies and not a rain cloud in sight, Saturday was a perfect day to go for a joyride. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jack's Ride': 100-year-old vet takes joyride with motorcycle club," 29 June 2019 Still, this wasn’t simply a joyride for the teenager, who attends Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., where the family lives. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "3M Open: With youngest son as his caddie, Tom Lehman won’t soon forget his week," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of joyride

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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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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