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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Caitlin, on the other hand, was dealing with unhappy clients who felt as though they weren’t kept in the loop. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019 Sorry to mention unhappy reality, but renewable sources currently make up only 17% of U.S. electric-power generation despite enormous federal and state subsidies. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vote on the Green New Deal," 11 Feb. 2019 The vote passed 256-167 in the House, despite objections from a number of conservative Republicans who were unhappy with the budget costs of the 2,232-page measure and because it was put out with so little time to be digested. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "House approves $1.3 trillion spending bill; measure moves to Senate," 2 Oct. 2018 Competition can be very tough, dealing with challenges in the press, and also, users were unhappy, and false rumors being spread, and those are all part of doing business in China. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 But the initially happy Milwaukee family grows unhappy, as per Tolstoy, in its own way: Robert’s losing the battle with his muse. Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Paris by the Book,’ by Liam Callanan; ‘Nothing Forgotten,’ by Jessica Levine," 30 Apr. 2018 His message was retweeted and liked by dozens of DWTS fans who were also unhappy with the finale results. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Had the Best Response to Neil Patrick Harris’s Scathing 'Dancing With the Stars' Tweet," 26 Nov. 2018 Wagner and other members were also unhappy when informed this week that Kositany-Buckner's $77,000 severance package, set by the board, would likely necessitate a request for additional city funding. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC council moves to gain more control over American Jazz Museum, but disarray remains | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 There have been lawsuits from unhappy investors, including one involving Cher, who accused him of fraud in a stock transaction. John Wilkens, Pomerado News, "Physician turned entrepreneur begins work with new patients: Union-Tribune and L.A. Times," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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