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>
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.
Origin and Etymology of happy
Middle English, from hap
First Known Use: 14th century
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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