unhappy

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adjective un·hap·py \ˌən-ˈha-pē\

Definition of unhappy

  1. 1 :  not fortunate :  unlucky an unhappy coincidence

  2. 2 :  not cheerful or glad :  sad, wretched

  3. 3a :  causing or subject to misfortune :  inauspiciousb :  infelicitous, inappropriate an unhappy choice

unhappiness

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Examples of unhappy in a Sentence

  1. I can see that he's unhappy, but I don't know why.

  2. I've never seen her looking so unhappy.

  3. For three unhappy days we were all stuck in the house because of the blizzard.

  4. an unhappy choice of career

  5. The movie's hero meets an unhappy fate.

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century


UNHAPPY Defined for English Language Learners

unhappy

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Definition of unhappy for English Language Learners

  • : sad, depressed, or disappointed : not happy

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

  • : not appropriate or lucky


UNHAPPY Defined for Kids

unhappy

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adjective un·hap·py \ˌən-ˈha-pē\

Definition of unhappy for Students

unhappier

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unhappiest

  1. 1 :  not cheerful :  sad an unhappy person

  2. 2 :  not pleased or satisfied We were unhappy with the hotel room.

  3. 3 :  full of or showing feelings of sadness or misery an unhappy childhood an unhappy face

  4. 4 :  not fortunate :  unlucky an unhappy coincidence

  5. 5 :  not suitable :  inappropriate an unhappy choice

unhappily

\-ˈha-pə-lē\ adverb

unhappiness

\-ˈha-pē-nəs\ noun


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