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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Recent Examples on the Web Ritta’s eyes welled with happy tears at the end of her explanation. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Solo Trip to the Arctic Helped Me Find Comfort Among Strangers," 12 Feb. 2020 Ha-won reminds her cowering adversary just how many people are driving around South Korea in that moment working to keep affluent customers happy. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "You Can See More Of," 11 Feb. 2020 One of the longest-running studies of adult life, for instance, has revealed that quality relationships keep us happier and healthier. Paul Nicolaus, Popular Science, "What the happiest cold-weather countries on the planet know about winter," 31 Jan. 2020 Newman’s music evokes the nostalgic glow of feelings that the couple could only express in happier times. Michael Slowik, The Conversation, "The secret to the success of two Oscar-nominated scores," 6 Feb. 2020 The central government, however, would not be happy with a total ban. The Economist, "The coronavirus is straining politics in protest-racked Hong Kong," 5 Feb. 2020 AP Photo/Altaf Qadri India’s tech entrepreneurs couldn’t be happier. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Budget 2020’s push for startups shows that entrepreneurship is serious business in India," 3 Feb. 2020 Hygge is a feeling and an atmosphere, says Rebekka Andersen, an analyst at the Happiness Research Institute, a think tank in Copenhagen that explores why some societies are happier than others. Paul Nicolaus, Popular Science, "What the happiest cold-weather countries on the planet know about winter," 31 Jan. 2020 One interesting dynamic of this Democratic primary has been a lot of élite concern about the field, coupled with polls revealing that voters are mostly happy with the choice of candidates. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Connie Schultz on the Politics of the Primaries," 30 Jan. 2020

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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26 Feb 2020

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“Happy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for happy

happy

adjective
How to pronounce happy (audio)

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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