from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Cheerless; dismal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. without joy; unhappy, sad
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not having joy; not causing joy; unenjoyable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of joy; having no joy; sad.
- Affording no joy or pleasure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not experiencing or inspiring joy
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Investors concerned by evidence of what is being called a joyless recovery.
Then Mr. Mill's life as disclosed to us in these pages has been called joyless, by that sect of religious partisans whose peculiarity is to mistake boisterousness for unction.
The word "joyless" does come up only once, but the paragraphs around it describe a campaign, and a candidate wearied by the meaningless mini-events he has to attend.
At the same time and Election Central seized on the word "joyless" as its primary take on the article.
The piece, which has just gone up online, argues that the Edwards campaign is "joyless" and is hampered by a sense that the campaign is little more than a vehicle for him to discuss his signature issue of poverty.
The word "joyless" only showed up once in the article.
What kind of joyless existence must these people live?
I donâ€™t know what kind of joyless asshat you have to be to dump on something that was significant to someone else
I don't know what kind of joyless asshat you have to be to dump on something that was significant to someone else, but after spelunking through comic book forums the last year or two, I'm starting to get the picture...
And yet their dominant collective emotion sometimes seems to be a kind of joyless, anticipatory fear.