hap·​py-go-lucky ˌha-pē-gō-ˈlə-kē How to pronounce happy-go-lucky (audio)
: blithely unconcerned : carefree

Examples of happy-go-lucky in a Sentence

he is completely happy-go-lucky on fishing trips—if he catches something, fine; if he doesn't, that's fine, too went on her happy-go-lucky way, totally unaware that she was strewing litter behind her
Recent Examples on the Web As the pediatrician told my parents that my sister needed to be hospitalized, my fearless, happy-go-lucky mother fainted in front of us. Emmi S. Herman, STAT, 7 May 2024 Overexcited narration, re-created in English by Fred Armisen for the documentary, helped project a happy-go-lucky character bursting with childlike innocence. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 The exchange brought a glimpse of the happy-go-lucky teen who loved being in the high school band and shooting the breeze with friends. Deon J. Hampton, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Many Duolingo users have noticed the happy-go-lucky bird had become wrinkly and somber in the application’s icon. The Enquirer, 5 Apr. 2024 Lines blur when the person presented the world isn't always the same happy-go-lucky person behind closed doors. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Chesney’s selling the beach bum, happy-go-lucky lifestyle to his fans. Jake Harris, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Disney shares dropped 12 percent the next morning, in part because investors — and many people inside Disney — were shocked by the happy-go-lucky tone that Mr. Chapek struck while discussing the earnings report on a conference call with analysts. Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times, 16 Dec. 2023 This is not a happy-go-lucky story, but an old-school fairy tale meant to frighten, confuse and excite. Lucas Trevor, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of happy-go-lucky was in 1835

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“Happy-go-lucky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy-go-lucky. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: cheerfully unconcerned : carefree

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