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 Fans were unhappy after it was alleged Bartomeu had hired a firm to attack the club's own players on social media, something the president and the club denied. Matias Grez, CNN, "'More than a Club?' How FC Barcelona 'lost its soul'," 7 Aug. 2020 The candidate was Mike Bloomberg, who reportedly was unhappy at the prospect of Bernie Sanders winning the nomination. Steven Levy, Wired, "How Bloomberg's Digital Army Is Still Fighting for Democrats," 7 Aug. 2020 But even those council members who approved the motion were unhappy with their options. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "With no good options, angry San Diego city council demands more information on Ash Street," 6 Aug. 2020 One of the Browns’ three 2017 first-round picks along with Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers (traded in 2019 to the Giants), Njoku spent all of 2019 in Freddie Kitchens’ doghouse and was unhappy here last season. cleveland, "Browns TE David Njoku no longer wants to be traded: ‘I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work’," 1 Aug. 2020 Many councils have decided to build additional highways for cyclists, and many drivers are unhappy. Nino Bantic, Star Tribune, "VIRUS DIARY: Cycling in COVID London gives hope in the gloom," 31 July 2020 The merger has been met with criticism among some doctors who are unhappy with the plan to join Advocate Aurora, and with Fox's leadership. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Health takes $146.7M hit driven by COVID-19 pandemic, but tries to rebound," 30 July 2020 Some parents are unhappy with Allen ISD’s decision to postpone in-person classes until early September, and now an online petition is calling on the district to reopen campuses for the first day of school on Aug. 12. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Allen ISD staying the course on delayed start for in-person learning," 29 July 2020 In an excerpt published by The Times, Scobie and Durand revealed that William was unhappy with his brother's decision to leave the royal family. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Prince Harry Are Now "Separate Entities," New Book Claims," 25 July 2020

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unhappy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhappy. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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