joy·​stick ˈjȯi-ˌstik How to pronounce joystick (audio)
: a lever in an airplane that operates the elevators by a fore-and-aft motion and the ailerons by a side-to-side motion
: a control for any of various devices (such as a computer) that resembles an airplane's joystick especially in being capable of motion in two or more directions

Examples of joystick in a Sentence

This game works with either a mouse or joystick.
Recent Examples on the Web As long as Randy Bennett controls the joysticks, SMC will contend for the WCC title and an NCAA bid. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 27 June 2024 The keyboard even comes with a separate pair of large buttons and a joystick for gaming with an arcade feel. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 29 Mar. 2024 How do controls work for Warzone Mobile? Players can play the game entirely on a smartphone by holding it horizontally and using the left and right sides of the screen as joysticks to move and direct their character. Carlie Procell, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 The joystick and Super Buttons, as 8BitDo calls them, are programmable, including with macros, without downloading 8BitDo's software. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for joystick 

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Word History


perhaps from English slang joystick penis

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of joystick was in 1910

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“Joystick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


joy·​stick -ˌstik How to pronounce joystick (audio)
: a control lever for a device (as a computer display or an airplane) that allows motion in two or more directions

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