(many) happy returns

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of (many) happy returns

oldfashioned
used for wishing someone a happy birthday and to express the hope that he or she will live to celebrate many more birthdays in the future

Word by Word Definitions

many play
  1. : consisting of or amounting to a large but indefinite number

  2. : being one of a large but indefinite number

  1. : a large number of persons or things

  1. : a large but indefinite number

  2. : the great majority of people

happy play
  1. : favored by luck or fortune : fortunate

  2. : notably fitting, effective, or well adapted : felicitous

  3. : enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment

return play returns
  1. : to go back or come back again

  2. : to go back in thought, practice, or condition : revert

  3. : to pass back to an earlier possessor

  1. : the act of coming back to or from a place or condition

  2. : a regular or frequent returning : recurrence

  3. : the delivery of a legal order (such as a writ) to the proper officer or court

  1. : having or formed by a change of direction

  2. : doubled on itself

  3. : played, delivered, or given in return


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