Meaning of joypad in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒɔɪpad/


  • An input device for a video games console which uses buttons to control the motion of an image on the screen.

    ‘You can assign keystrokes to buttons for games that don't support joypads natively, allowing keyboard or mouse emulation.’
    • ‘It also lacks any kind of playability, relying instead on a slack-jawed system of typing in combinations of buttons on your joypad to initiate some lame animation that represents your ‘move.’’
    • ‘The main control is a four-way joypad which also presses in to provide a ‘select’ option.’
    • ‘It'll seem dreadfully confusing at first in fact, but it works very well in the end and effectively squeezes the full commands of a mouse and keyboard into an N64 joypad with style.’
    • ‘I own two consoles, two PCs, many, many joypads, a dancemat and a force-feedback steering wheel.’
    • ‘By pressing the B button on the joypad the view switches from 3rd person to 1st person allowing you to look through the camera's view finder and point it at the attacking spirit.’
    • ‘Alongside the lower screen is the usual joypad and buttons, but some games will use the touch-screen and a stylus.’
    • ‘Over on the left is the joypad and, to fill a space, buttons for three apps: Music Player, Radio and the application launcher.’
    • ‘Don't cry son, perhaps it'll work if you plug the joypads in?’
    • ‘The standard version will be accompanied by a ‘satin silver’ model of the hardware, which is £10 more expensive than the black version but does come bundled with two silver joypads.’
    • ‘To your joypads then I say, let the games begin once more!’
    • ‘Get the handling right and the joypad works a treat.’
    • ‘What made me laugh the most was their joypad - it's basically the same one we saw a decade ago when the original console launched.’
    • ‘Still holding the joypad in his hand Timmy ran some more.’
    • ‘Previous cordless joypads often had a noticeable lag between trigger-squeezing and aliens being blasted.’
    • ‘They should have got the design right the first time around, and I'll be damned if I'm going to shell out £35 quid on a new joypad.’
    • ‘Fixing up involves actually opening your eyes, putting down the joypad, getting out to venues and experiencing life.’
    • ‘With a flick of your right joypad, you can jab, hook or uppercut your way to boxing immortality.’
    • ‘Surely our fair city has a wealth of opportunities for those willing to shun the pub and the joypad?’
    • ‘It's a joypad with games in-built as well as a gun and another joypad that connects to the first.’


1980s blend of joystick and keypad.