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Meaning of happening by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of happen .


    happening ( comparative more happening, superlative most happening )

    1. ( slang, of a place ) Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable .
      This is a happening place tonight!
    2. ( slang, of a person or product ) Trendy, up-to-the-minute .
      He is a real happening guy .


    happening ( plural: happenings )

    1. Something that happens .
    2. A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation .

    See also

    • Happening on Wikipedia .

Explanation of happening by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an event that happens

    Definition of happening by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Happen ( hăpp'n ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Happened ( -p'nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Happening.] [OE. happenen, hapnen. See Hap to happen.]
      1. To come by chance; to come without previous expectation; to fall out.

      There shall no evil happen to the just. Prov. xii. 21.

      2. To take place; to occur.

      All these things which had happened. Luke xxiv. 14.

      To happen on, to meet with; to fall or light upon. “I have happened on some other accounts.” Graunt. -- To happen in, to make a casual call. [Colloq.]

    2. happening n.
      1. something that happens; an occurrence; an event.

      Syn. -- occurrence, natural event.

      2. Specifically: An event that is particularly interesting, noteworthy, or important.

      3. An artistic or entertainment event that is unconventional, sometimes discontinuous, designed to evoke strong emotions, and sometimes involving participation by the audience.