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Meaning of happy by Wiktionary Dictionary

happy


    Etymology

    From Middle English hap ( “chance” ) + -y

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈhæpi/
    • Rhymes: -æpi

    Adjective

    happy ( comparative happier, superlative happiest )

    1. Experiencing the effect of favourable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous.
    2. Favored by luck or fortune; lucky.
    3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
    4. Content, satisfied ( with or to do something ); having no objection ( to something ) .
      Are you happy to pay me back by the end of the week?
      Are you happy with your internet service provider?

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Explanation of happy by Wordnet Dictionary

happy


    Adjective
    1. well expressed and to the point

    2. a happy turn of phrase
    3. marked by good fortune

    4. a happy outcome
    5. enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure

    6. a happy smile
      spent many happy days on the beach
      a happy marriage
    7. eagerly disposed to act or to be of service



    Definition of happy by GCIDE Dictionary

    happy


    1. Happy ( hăpp ), a. [Compar. Happier ( -pĭẽr ); superl. Happiest.] [From Hap chance.]
      1. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, “a happy expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen.”

      Chymists have been more happy in finding experiments than the causes of them. Boyle.

      2. Experiencing the effect of favorable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous; as, “happy hours, happy thoughts”.

      Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Ps. cxliv. 15.

      The learned is happy Nature to explore,

      The fool is happy that he knows no more. Pope.

      3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.

      One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in a in a rejoinder. Swift.

      Happy family, a collection of animals of different and hostile propensities living peaceably together in one cage. Used ironically of conventional alliances of persons who are in fact mutually repugnant. -- Happy-go-lucky, trusting to hap or luck; improvident; easy-going. “Happy-go-lucky carelessness.” W. Black.