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 childhoodb : expressing, reflecting, or suggestive of happiness a happy endingc : glad, pleased I'm happy to meet youd : having or marked by an atmosphere of good fellowship : friendly a happy office
4a : characterized by a dazed irresponsible state a punch-happy boxerb : impulsively or obsessively quick to use or do something trigger-happyc : enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession : obsessed education-conscious and statistic-happy — Helen Rowen
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.
Recent Examples of happy from the Web
If GM and FCA have left some of the fleet business, Nissan is more than happy to fill the void.
When Cubs star Kris Bryant tied the knot in Las Vegas with his high school sweetheart, Jessica Delp, on Jan. 7, the happy couple and Bryant's teammates announced the news on social media with a round of exuberant photos.
Happy birthday from Elyn to Chanes (twice the age of Toy Story), from Nicole to Kip (twice the age of Google), and from Darin to his wife Gail (a year younger than fiber optics) and daughter Piedra, who’s 10 today.
Raucous happy-hour venue to wind down from Friday with a few beers and a calzone?
Ricciardo jumped ahead of Bottas, but Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen felt far from happy to be back in fifth and used an expletive over race radio.
Portage assistant coach John Selman, who was filling in for Bob Dixon, was happy with the effort.
It's become a hit with locals and tourists for the great food, popular happy hour which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., daily and features $2 Yuengling, $4 well drinks, $3 house wine.
A guy, a girl, two meddling dads and some traveling players will have their last happy ending when this musical, revived in 2006, closes.
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Origin and Etymology of happy
Middle English, from hap
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of happy
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
HAPPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of happy for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of happy for Students
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