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
Republicans in Suffolk County say voters are happy with Mr. Zeldin.
If Harvey seems unsure of how exactly to strut in the city’s glare, the mound has always been his happy place.
Riffing off that rule, of course, is pain of paying—an idea explained in depth here, as well as in Professor Norton’s own book, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending.
His hands were twitching and his eyes glistened with happy tears.
Browse the slide show to see some of Houston's high-end happy hours.
The fliers appear to be further evidence that not everyone in Sweden is happy with the government's stance on refugees.
Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: Here are some very happy people celebrating an election in Waterford.
But Kim Gordon’s memoir seems written almost expressly to reject, or at any rate undercut, such a happy ending.
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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.
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