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 Several Broward cities are unhappy with the law enforcement service from the Sheriff’s Office that’s costing them huge chunks of their budgets. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 15 July 2021 But the guy clearly was unhappy with something that someone had said on TV about the Reds' bullpen. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 14 July 2021 Amidst a coaching change and speculation that Williamson’s family may be unhappy with his situation with the Pelicans, the time to make a splash is now. Nick Crain, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Baseball became an unhappy way of life for Drew Robinson. Joey Hayden, Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2021 The following year, according to the court documents obtained by the Times, Sam Ingham told Reva Goetz, the judge on the conservatorship case, that Spears was unhappy with her father as a co-conservator and wanted to terminate the arrangement. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 The writer is unhappy with some notes from the editor about realism and shows Lisey a headline about a dog who traveled miles over years to return home. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Jones has since switched parties and doubled down in support of Trump’s claims of election fraud, appealing to Republican voters in Georgia who might be unhappy with Kemp. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Others are unhappy with the look of their living space. Todd Martens Game Critic, Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021

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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 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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