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
Indeed, even witty and sophisticated Americans are happy to confirm this . .
Fortunately, the Coolhaus truck was happy to serve me a double-decker ice cream sandwich of my own design.
Starting a business with very close friends, building a team, creating a brand, making millions of our customers happy, and putting millions of glasses on people’s faces through our nonprofit partners has been really amazing.
Thrones had by then become the pacesetter for all of TV in its willingness to forgo a simple happy ending in favor of delivering pleasure through brutality.
Bucs coach Ken Hokuf is happy to coach a second-generation Buc and third-generation Alaskan.
UCLA students started this LGBTQ film festival in 1982, making it L.A.’s longest-running one, period (happy 35th, Outfest!).
Researchers expected the volunteers to perceive most smiles as happy ones, but smaller, less curved smiles were seen as contemptuous.
The company deeply cares about its employees and makes a point to address life’s stress points to keep it a healthy and happy place to work.
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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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