happy

adjective
hap·​py | \ ˈha-pē How to pronounce happy (audio) \
happier; happiest

Definition of happy

1 : favored by luck or fortune : fortunate a happy coincidence
2 : notably fitting, effective, or well adapted : felicitous a happy choice
3a : 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
4a : 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

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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

Examples of happy in a Sentence

She was a very happy child. You don't look happy. What's the problem? We're all one big, happy family here. I'd do anything to make her happy. I could hear the children's happy laughter in the other room. She had a very happy childhood. They've had a very happy marriage. I was glad the movie had a happy ending. We are so happy that you were able to come to the party. They are not at all happy about the rise in taxes.
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Head out with the family to an Alaska Baseball League game at Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field on the right night, and your kids could head home happy with a memento covered in cowhide. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s ballparks: At Chugiak’s Lee Jordan Field, you can sit in the bleachers or on the grass," 12 July 2019 In lieu of flowers, donations, cards or food for the family, please remember a happy time with Vera. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/11," 11 July 2019 First, that in rich countries, happier people are more likely to have children. The Economist, "Children make parents happy, after all," 10 July 2019 But not all Wisconsin manufacturers are happy with Trump. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "President Donald Trump to visit Milwaukee for fundraiser as oil refineries launch ad against ethanol mandates," 8 July 2019 Civic leaders and planners at Auburn Hills are happy with that outcome. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "The short life of the Palace of Auburn Hills represents colossal waste of resources," 5 July 2019 The cells are happy and can divide exponentially, creating more and more cells. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Not everybody is happy with this state of affairs, of course. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019 With scents like sage, jasmine, and palo santo, Virgos born on September 14 will be very happy with this special gift (hint hint). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Birthdate Candles Are Perfectly Crafted for You Based on the Day You Were Born," 3 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'happy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of happy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for happy

Middle English, from hap

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happy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of happy

: 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.

happy

adjective
hap·​py | \ ˈha-pē How to pronounce happy (audio) \
happier; happiest

Kids Definition of happy

1 : feeling or showing pleasure : glad I'm happy you came.
2 : enjoying a condition or situation : content They were happy together.
3 : joyful She talked in a happy way.
4 : fortunate sense 1, lucky Meeting him was a happy occurrence.
5 : being suitable for something a happy choice

Other Words from happy

happily \ ˈha-​pə-​lē \ adverb
happiness \ ˈha-​pē-​nəs \ noun

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