unhappy

adjective
un·​hap·​py | \ ˌən-ˈha-pē \

Definition of unhappy

1 : not fortunate : unlucky an unhappy coincidence
2 : not cheerful or glad : sad, wretched
3a : causing or subject to misfortune : inauspicious
b : infelicitous, inappropriate an unhappy choice

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Other Words from unhappy

unhappiness noun

Examples of unhappy in a Sentence

I can see that he's unhappy, but I don't know why. I've never seen her looking so unhappy. For three unhappy days we were all stuck in the house because of the blizzard. an unhappy choice of career The movie's hero meets an unhappy fate.
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Why so many French people are unhappy with Macron Jeff Lightfoot, an expert on France at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, DC, told me last week there are two main reasons Macron has become such an unpopular figure. Alex Ward, Vox, "France’s anti-Macron protests are turning deadlier," 3 Dec. 2018 Most voters are unhappy with the direction the country is taking. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 To restore some order, Roosevelt moved the national holiday to the second-to-last Thursday of the month (a change that many were unhappy with). Cierra Williams, Country Living, "Here's Why Thanksgiving Is So Early This Year," 14 Nov. 2018 Both men knew who was likeliest to be unhappy: State Representative Joel Kretz, the Republican deputy minority leader of the State House. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Energy companies with footprints onshore are also unhappy about the competition. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Offshore Mega-Terminals Are Coming Because Oil Supertankers Are Too Big for Our Ports," 14 Sep. 2018 Many legislators were clearly unhappy about being compelled to vote for substitute measures, especially the one barring new taxes on soft drinks, and some called it extortion. Dan Walters, SFChronicle.com, "Genteel extortion cancels 3 California ballot measures," 3 July 2018 The 31-year-old Russian was publicly unhappy about how little he was used. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Here’s why the Charlotte Hornets were so desperate to get rid of Dwight Howard," 20 June 2018 European universities are unhappy about the details, announced yesterday, of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s new 7-year research program that will start in 2021. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, "The fight has begun over Europe’s big budget increase for science," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unhappy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unhappy

: sad, depressed, or disappointed : not happy

: causing or involving feelings of sadness : not pleasant or joyful

: not appropriate or lucky

unhappy

adjective
un·​hap·​py | \ ˌən-ˈha-pē \
unhappier; unhappiest

Kids Definition of unhappy

1 : not cheerful : sad an unhappy person
2 : not pleased or satisfied We were unhappy with the hotel room.
3 : full of or showing feelings of sadness or misery an unhappy childhood an unhappy face
4 : not fortunate : unlucky an unhappy coincidence
5 : not suitable : inappropriate an unhappy choice

Other Words from unhappy

unhappily \ -​ˈha-​pə-​lē \ adverb
unhappiness \ -​ˈha-​pē-​nəs \ noun

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