WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hap•py /ˈhæpi/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -pi•er, -pi•est. 
  1. delighted; pleased;
    glad:happy over the news.
  2. characterized by or showing pleasure, contentment, or joy:a happy baby.
  3. pleased;
    willing:[be + ~ + to + verb]I'll be happy to meet with you later.
  4. apt;
    suitable;
    appropriate:That remark was not a happy one.
hap•pi•ly /ˈhæpəli/USA pronunciation  adv.: The kids were playing happily together.
hap•pi•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hap•py  (hapē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -pi•er, -pi•est. 
  1. delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing:to be happy to see a person.
  2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy:a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
  3. favored by fortune;
    fortunate or lucky:a happy, fruitful land.
  4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
  5. obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination):a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
  • 1300–50; Middle English; see hap1, -y1
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry, contented, gay, blissful, satisfied.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged favorable, propitious;
      successful, prosperous. See  fortunate. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sad.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

happy /ˈhæpɪ/ adj ( -pier, -piest)
  1. feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
  2. willing: I'd be happy to show you around
  3. causing joy or gladness
  4. fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
  5. aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
  6. (postpositive) informal slightly intoxicated
Etymology: 14th Century: see hap1, -y1

ˈhappily adv ˈhappiness n



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