Definition of joyless in US English:

joyless

adjective

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

    ‘she had to face the thought of a joyless future’
    • ‘None of it connects with anything beyond this joyless carnival.’
    • ‘It's a bit like scratching an unbearable itch: a completely satisfying activity, but joyless at the same time.’
    • ‘All the characters lead dismal, joyless lives.’
    • ‘Such joyless suppression crushes that most precious thing in life, the flowering of the individual human spirit.’
    • ‘Stanley has one of the most joyless birthday parties imaginable thrown in his honour, with an undercurrent of menace never far from the surface.’
    • ‘He was 55 years old (18 years older than Cloetta) with a bad marriage and a long string of joyless affairs behind him.’
    • ‘It's a pity you're distracted all the time by the plotless, joyless machinations of everyone else involved.’
    • ‘For a song about dancing in the streets, it's overwhelmingly joyless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is, at times it's too grim: this is an almost totally joyless book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun.’
    • ‘York endured a joyless visit to Pontefract as they were convincingly beaten 24-0 in a Powergen Yorkshire One result.’
    • ‘There is, of course, a joyless, self-important statement.’
    • ‘It may have been a joyless campaign but the national debate has been intense.’
    • ‘Food is supposed to taste good, and health promotion should not be a series of negative messages that convey a joyless future.’
    • ‘I didn't vote for this spineless, gormless, joyless, clueless Government.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The middle trilogy is watchable enough rot, but the recent films are joyless, plotless screeds on macroeconomics and industrial relations.’
    gloomy, melancholy, morose, lugubrious, glum, sombre, saturnine, sullen, dour, mirthless, humourless
    depressing, cheerless, gloomy, dreary, bleak, dispiriting, drab, dismal, desolate, wretched, comfortless, austere, stark, sombre, grim
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Pronunciation

joyless

/ˈjoiləs//ˈdʒɔɪləs/