unhappy

adjective
un·​hap·​py | \ ˌən-ˈha-pē \

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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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 Concrete is notorious for flaunting flaws—the most common complaint of unhappy homeowners. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Concrete Countertops: Is the Home Trend All It's Cracked up to Be?," 12 Dec. 2018 Last week's bizarre maritime mishap is headed for an unhappy ending. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 2018 Why so many French people are unhappy with Macron Jeff Lightfoot, an expert on France at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, DC, told me last week there are two main reasons Macron has become such an unpopular figure. Alex Ward, Vox, "France’s anti-Macron protests are turning deadlier," 3 Dec. 2018 Most voters are unhappy with the direction the country is taking. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Moral anchors aweigh on Kavanaugh, Rosenstein," 24 Sep. 2018 To restore some order, Roosevelt moved the national holiday to the second-to-last Thursday of the month (a change that many were unhappy with). Cierra Williams, Country Living, "Here's Why Thanksgiving Is So Early This Year," 14 Nov. 2018 Both men knew who was likeliest to be unhappy: State Representative Joel Kretz, the Republican deputy minority leader of the State House. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of unhappy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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