WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
hap•py /ˈhæpi/USA pronunciation
adj., -pi•er, -pi•est. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hap•pi•ly /ˈhæpəli/USA pronunciation adv.: The kids were playing happily together.
hap•pi•ness, n. [uncountable]
- delighted; pleased;
glad:happy over the news.
- characterized by or showing pleasure, contentment, or joy:a happy baby.
willing:[be + ~ + to + verb]I'll be happy to meet with you later.
appropriate:That remark was not a happy one.
(hap′ē),USA pronunciation adj., -pi•er, -pi•est.
- delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing:to be happy to see a person.
- characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy:a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
- favored by fortune;
fortunate or lucky:a happy, fruitful land.
- apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
- 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.
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happy /ˈhæpɪ/ adj ( -pier, -piest)
Etymology: 14th Century: see hap1, -y1ˈhappily adv ˈhappiness n
- feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
- willing: I'd be happy to show you around
- causing joy or gladness
- fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
- aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
- (postpositive) informal slightly intoxicated
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