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unhappy

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adjective un·hap·py \-ˈha-pē\

Simple Definition of unhappy

  • : sad, depressed, or disappointed : not happy

  • : causing or involving feelings of sadness : not pleasant or joyful

  • : not appropriate or lucky

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unhappy

  1. 1 :  not fortunate :  unlucky <an unhappy coincidence>

  2. 2 :  not cheerful or glad :  sad, wretched

  3. 3 a :  causing or subject to misfortune :  inauspicious b :  infelicitous, inappropriate <an unhappy choice>

unhappiness noun

Examples of unhappy in a sentence

  1. I can see that he's unhappy, but I don't know why.

  2. I've never seen her looking so unhappy.

  3. For three unhappy days we were all stuck in the house because of the blizzard.

  4. an unhappy choice of career

  5. The movie's hero meets an unhappy fate.



14th Century

First Known Use of unhappy

14th century


UNHAPPY Defined for Kids

unhappy

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adjective un·hap·py \ˌən-ˈha-pē\

Definition of unhappy for Students

unhappierunhappiest

  1. 1 :  not cheerful :  sad <an unhappy person>

  2. 2 :  not pleased or satisfied <We were unhappy with the hotel room.>

  3. 3 :  full of or showing feelings of sadness or misery <an unhappy childhood> <an unhappy face>

  4. 4 :  not fortunate :  unlucky <an unhappy coincidence>

  5. 5 :  not suitable :  inappropriate <an unhappy choice>

unhappily \-ˈha-pə-lē\ adverb
unhappiness \-ˈha-pē-nəs\ noun




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