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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Recent Examples on the Web If the wife burned the pot roast, the boss would be unhappy. Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 So, there are lots different reasons why people are unhappy. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Network engineer Jonathan Tan is even more unhappy. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Not another year of injury, of being unhappy on a losing team. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 16 May 2021 So, in October 2019, when the relationship between Mr. Gates and Mr. Epstein burst into public view, Ms. French Gates was unhappy. New York Times, 16 May 2021 In the show, Hazel is unhappy because she is literally imprisoned. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 Even before all that Watson had been unhappy with the direction of the team and requested a trade earlier this year. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 The Bears are riding high after news that Rodgers is unhappy and perhaps wants out of Green Bay, so maybe Packers fans would like a moment to remember the good times. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Unhappy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhappy. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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