adjective hap·py \ˈha-pē\

: feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.

: showing or causing feelings of pleasure and enjoyment

: pleased or glad about a particular situation, event, etc.


Full Definition of HAPPY

:  favored by luck or fortune :  fortunate <a happy coincidence>
:  notably fitting, effective, or well adapted :  felicitous <a happy choice>
a :  enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment <is the happiest person I know> <a happy childhood>
b :  expressing, reflecting, or suggestive of happiness <a happy ending>
c :  glad, pleased <I'm happy to meet you>
d :  having or marked by an atmosphere of good fellowship :  friendly <a happy office>
a :  characterized by a dazed irresponsible state <a punch-happy boxer>
b :  impulsively or obsessively quick to use or do something <trigger-happy>
c :  enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession :  obsessed <education-conscious and statistic-happy — Helen Rowen>

Examples of HAPPY

  1. She was a very happy child.
  2. You don't look happy. What's the problem?
  3. We're all one big, happy family here.
  4. I'd do anything to make her happy.
  5. I could hear the children's happy laughter in the other room.
  6. She had a very happy childhood.
  7. They've had a very happy marriage.
  8. I was glad the movie had a happy ending.
  9. We are so happy that you were able to come to the party.
  10. They are not at all happy about the rise in taxes.

Origin of HAPPY

Middle English, from hap
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of HAPPY

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result <won because of a lucky bounce>. fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts <fortunate in my investments>. happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed <a series of happy accidents>. providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power <a providential change in the weather>.

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action <fit for battle>. suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands <clothes suitable for camping>. meet suggests a just proportioning <meet payment>. proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom <proper acknowledgement>. appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness <an appropriate gift>. fitting implies harmony of mood or tone <a fitting end>. apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination <apt quotations>. happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate <a happy choice of words>. felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful <a felicitous phrase>.
HAPPIER Defined for Kids


adjective hap·py \ˈha-pē\

Definition of HAPPY for Kids

:  feeling or showing pleasure :  glad <I'm happy you came.>
:  enjoying a condition or situation :  content <They were happy together.>
:  joyful <She talked in a happy way.>
:  fortunate 1, lucky <Meeting him was a happy occurrence.>
:  being suitable for something <a happy choice>
hap·pi·ly \ˈha-pə-lē\ adverb
hap·pi·ness \ˈha-pē-nəs\ noun


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