(many) happy returns

Definition of (many) happy returns

old fashioned

  1. —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

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

    :  being one of a large but indefinite number

  1. :  a large number of persons or things

  1. :  a large but indefinite number

    :  the great majority of people

happyplay
  1. :  favored by luck or fortune :  fortunate

    :  notably fitting, effective, or well adapted :  felicitous

    :  enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment

returnplay returns
  1. :  to go back or come back again

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

    :  to pass back to an earlier possessor

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

    :  a regular or frequent returning :  recurrence

    :  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

    :  doubled on itself

    :  played, delivered, or given in return


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