Definition of joyless in English:



  • Not giving or feeling any pleasure or satisfaction; grim or dismal.

    ‘she had to face the thought of a joyless future’
    • ‘There is, of course, a joyless, self-important statement.’
    • ‘It's a bit like scratching an unbearable itch: a completely satisfying activity, but joyless at the same time.’
    • ‘The problem is, at times it's too grim: this is an almost totally joyless book.’
    • ‘York endured a joyless visit to Pontefract as they were convincingly beaten 24-0 in a Powergen Yorkshire One result.’
    • ‘Food is supposed to taste good, and health promotion should not be a series of negative messages that convey a joyless future.’
    • ‘All the characters lead dismal, joyless lives.’
    • ‘Stanley has one of the most joyless birthday parties imaginable thrown in his honour, with an undercurrent of menace never far from the surface.’
    • ‘It doesn't make for a moving spectacle - it is too cruel and joyless - but there is no denying the sense of awe which accompanies this rare parade of its talents.’
    • ‘There is a certain kind of joyless middle-aged woman, either single or unhappily married, who absolutely embodies this theory.’
    • ‘Actually, I found nearly all the music totally joyless.’
    • ‘It may have been a joyless campaign but the national debate has been intense.’
    • ‘This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun.’
    • ‘Such joyless suppression crushes that most precious thing in life, the flowering of the individual human spirit.’
    • ‘It's a pity you're distracted all the time by the plotless, joyless machinations of everyone else involved.’
    • ‘None of it connects with anything beyond this joyless carnival.’
    • ‘He was 55 years old (18 years older than Cloetta) with a bad marriage and a long string of joyless affairs behind him.’
    • ‘And finally, to top my day off, I found out that the joyless, universally disliked boss who's been off on maternity leave will be part time when she comes back at the end of April.’
    • ‘For a song about dancing in the streets, it's overwhelmingly joyless.’
    • ‘The middle trilogy is watchable enough rot, but the recent films are joyless, plotless screeds on macroeconomics and industrial relations.’
    • ‘I didn't vote for this spineless, gormless, joyless, clueless Government.’
    depressing, cheerless, gloomy, dreary, bleak, dispiriting, drab, dismal, desolate, wretched, comfortless, austere, stark, sombre, grim
    gloomy, melancholy, morose, lugubrious, glum, sombre, saturnine, sullen, dour, mirthless, humourless
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