overjoy (v.) late 14c., "to rejoice over," from OVER (Cf. over) + JOY (Cf. joy) (q.v.); translating L. supergaudere (in Psalms xxxiv, etc.). Transitive sense of "to fill with gladness" is first recorded 1570s (now usually in pp.).

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  • Overjoy — O ver*joy , v. t. To make excessively joyful; to gratify extremely. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overjoy — O ver*joy , n. Excessive joy; transport. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overjoy — [ō΄vər joi′] vt. to give great joy to overjoyed adj …   English World dictionary

  • overjoy — overjoyed, adj. /oh veuhr joy /, v.t. to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate: It overjoys me to hear of your good fortune. I was overjoyed at her safe arrival. [1350 1400; ME; see OVER , JOY] * * * …   Universalium

  • overjoy — verb To give great joy, delight or pleasure …   Wiktionary

  • overjoy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To give great or keen pleasure to: cheer, delight, enchant, gladden, gratify, please, pleasure, tickle. Archaic: joy. See HAPPY, LIKE …   English dictionary for students

  • overjoy — v. fill with great happiness or joy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overjoy — o•ver•joy [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈdʒɔɪ[/t]] v. t. to cause to feel great joy or delight; elate • Etymology: 1350–1400 o ver•joyed′, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • overjoy — verb cause to feel extremely joyful or happy the economic growth overjoyed the German industry • Hypernyms: ↑gladden, ↑joy • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody Something s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • tickle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. excite; gladden, delight, overjoy; please; titillate; amuse, gratify, divert. See pleasure. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To stimulate by a light touch] Syn. rub, caress, stroke, vellicate, titillate; see …   English dictionary for students