unhappy

adjective
un·​hap·​py | \ ˌən-ˈha-pē How to pronounce unhappy (audio) \

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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For weeks, news articles, message boards, and family dinners have been filled with unhappy taxpayers lamenting tax-refund shortfalls or surprise bills. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Once More With Feeling: Fix Your Withholding!," 12 Apr. 2019 All you superficial who are just unhappy with your love lives, understand that love is real. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Selena Gomez's Love Life," 4 Apr. 2019 But regardless of that fact, fans are still deeply unhappy that Jack will no longer be palling around with MacGyver every week. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'MacGyver' Fans Threaten They're 'Done with the Show' After George Eads's Emotional Exit," 4 Feb. 2019 And in an unhappy coincidence, the show took place on the three-year anniversary of Angélil's funeral, per Page Six. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Céline Dion's Reactions at Couture Fashion Shows Are More Beautiful Than Any Dress Could Be," 24 Jan. 2019 This has made some early employees unhappy, according to The Information, and if the company doesn’t go public by the end of 2020, some employee equity grants will expire. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Airbnb's Newest Weapon Against Regulation: The Real Estate Industry," 3 July 2018 They were confused about Messenger and Instagram, largely ignorant of research suggesting that Facebook is addictive and makes people unhappy. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Mark Zuckerberg’s Trip to the Principal’s Office," 11 Apr. 2018 That can be lovely, but give it a day and that winter wonderland quickly transforms into a hellish landscape of dingy gray slush puddles and cramped sidewalks, packed with unhappy commuters. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 Rumors that Meghan Markle was unhappy that Prince Harry might be taking part in the royal family's traditional Boxing Day hunt appear to have been fabricated. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Attends Boxing Day Feast After Prince Harry Joins the Royal Family's Hunt," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhappy was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce unhappy (audio) \
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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