Definition of joyride in English:



  • 1A ride for enjoyment in a vehicle or aircraft.

    • ‘He is expected to embark on his zero-gravity joyride to the edge of outer space for a bird's eye view of the earth in 2006 ‘if all goes well’.’
    • ‘Suborbital space tourism might be dismissed as joyrides for the rich, and at that superficial level those critics are correct.’
    • ‘I suppose it is true that some of those on the flight are there on genuine business, but there must also be quite a few on joyrides.’
    • ‘It's the ultimate joyride, an F1 car of your own.’
    • ‘Despite pressure from Nasa to back off, California millionaire Dennis Tito is pressing ahead with plans to take a joyride on the international space station as the world's first space tourist.’
    • ‘The plaintiff not only accepted the offer of being taken for a joyride in the aircraft, but actively sought it.’
    • ‘Now in its 80th year, Qantas travels to 124 destinations and 62 major cities around the world, an impressive growth since its initial inception as a joyride and air taxi service.’
    • ‘‘We'll have ultralights, light aircraft and general aviation - like Cessnas and a couple of warbirds including a twin pioneer, which people can have joyrides on,’ John said.’
    • ‘If Richard Branson were to build a passenger-carrying rocket for joyrides into space, would you go?’
    • ‘The plaintiff went for a joyride in a light aircraft piloted by the defendant in the knowledge that the defendant was extremely drunk.’
    • ‘A wild west slippery slide, merry-go-round, trail bikes and furry Easter Bunny all coloured the fair, but a helicopter joyride was the biggest drawcard for three-year-old Georgia Campbell.’
    • ‘Five years ago, the prospects for commercial suborbital spaceflight looked limited, consisting primarily of joyrides for tourists.’
    • ‘Many space entrepreneurs assume that a person will be willing to pay up to several hundred thousand dollars in return for what essentially amounts to a joyride.’
    trip, excursion, jaunt, expedition, pleasure trip, day trip, day out, tour, mystery tour, airing, drive, ride, run, turn, cruise, sally
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    1. 1.1informal A fast and dangerous ride in a stolen vehicle.
      ‘they went for a joyride’
      • ‘It is, alas, an all-too-familiar scene on the streets of Rochdale as car crime soars and thieves think nothing of ending a night's joyride by destroying the vehicle.’
      • ‘We weren't necessarily good kids, so we used to scheme about the usual: joyrides, smoking cigarettes, raiding the liquor cabinets and more.’
      • ‘Mr Hinchliffe recorded a verdict of death by misadventure and said a joyride had ended in the ‘most appalling tragedy’.’
      • ‘They believe their pride and joy may have been used on a joyride.’
      • ‘Eventually we catch him with our bike as he goes for a joyride right back to where he stole it from.’
      • ‘The FBI in Atlanta is telling us this was more a joyride than anything else, and that there is no indication that terrorism had anything to do with the stealing of this jet.’
      • ‘She said she feared for her life when a man who was testing her car, with her as passenger, embarked on a crazed high-speed joyride and refused to stop.’
      • ‘A police spokesman said the incident appeared to have been a joyride.’
      • ‘His joyride ended in a horrific crash which put him in a coma and left him disabled, destroying his life.’
      • ‘They forget to say ten of those deaths have been due to joyrides.’
      • ‘The local couple, who have lived in the town for over 31 years, were subjected to a horrendous level of violence in pursuit of a few quid and the chance of a joyride.’
      • ‘There's a tracking device in every ship, in case someone decides to go for a joyride or something like this.’