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

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 Russia had just invaded and annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, and Ukrainian officials were unhappy with Mr. Biden’s message. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 His family members were unhappy with the pace of the search and believe he could have been saved if people acted earlier, according to WRIC-TV. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 Alicia Halvensleben, a Horizon West resident who is now a candidate for alderman, also is unhappy with both the level of communication by the city and the circumstances that are being forced upon struggling condo owners. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2022 While the Navajo Nation’s relationship with the state is generally healthy, Nez is unhappy with the state’s lack of support of redistricting matters in San Juan County. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 When the start of OTA’s began in 2019, Brown was unhappy with the helmet the Raiders assigned him. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 But pretty quickly, the volunteers started to hear that the refugees were unhappy with what was being provided. Lizzy Saxe, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Incumbent politicians are usually only recalled when people are really unhappy, and looking back over the past year, Californians’ ire is obvious. Mark Kelly, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 The Kremlin, unhappy that Ukraine is moving too close to the West and Nato. ABC News, 12 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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