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4 having good luck
  • the happy person who is both appreciated and rewarded for all his hard work

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6 having extreme or relentless concern
  • poll-happy pundits just care about which political candidate is winning, and never about the issues

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How is the word happy different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of happy are fortunate, lucky, and providential. While all these words mean "meeting with unforeseen success," happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed.

a series of happy accidents

Where would fortunate be a reasonable alternative to happy?

In some situations, the words fortunate and happy are roughly equivalent. However, fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts.

fortunate in my investments

When might lucky be a better fit than happy?

The meanings of lucky and happy largely overlap; however, lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result.

won because of a lucky bounce

When could providential be used to replace happy?

While in some cases nearly identical to happy, providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power.

a providential change in the weather

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The first known use of happy was in the 14th century

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“Happy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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