happy

adjective
hap·​py | \ ˈha-pē How to pronounce happy (audio) \
happier; happiest

Essential Meaning of happy

1 : feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc. She was a very happy child. I can see that you're not happy in your work. [=I can see that you do not enjoy your work] See More ExamplesYou don't look happy. What's the problem? We're all one big, happy family here. I'd do anything to make/keep her happy. She's happy playing with her toys. = She's happy when she plays with her toys.Hide
2 : showing or causing feelings of pleasure and enjoyment I could hear the children's happy laughter in the other room. She had a very happy childhood. See More ExamplesThey've had a very happy marriage. remembering happier times a happy event/occasion I was glad the movie had a happy ending.Hide
3 : pleased or glad about a particular situation, event, etc. We are so happy that you were able to come to the party. They are not at all happy about the rise in taxes. See More ExamplesHe's not happy with the way the project is going. It's great that he won the scholarship. I'm very happy for him. [=I am glad something good happened to him]Hide

Full Definition of happy

1 : favored by luck or fortune : fortunate a happy coincidence
2 : notably fitting, effective, or well adapted : felicitous a happy choice
3a : enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment is the happiest person I know a happy childhood
b : expressing, reflecting, or suggestive of happiness a happy ending
c : glad, pleased I'm happy to meet you
d : having or marked by an atmosphere of good fellowship : friendly a happy office
4a : characterized by a dazed irresponsible state a punch-happy boxer
b : impulsively or obsessively quick to use or do something trigger-happy
c : enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession : obsessed education-conscious and statistic-happy— Helen Rowen

Choose the Right Synonym for happy

lucky, fortunate, happy, providential mean meeting with unforeseen success. lucky stresses the agency of chance in bringing about a favorable result. won because of a lucky bounce fortunate suggests being rewarded beyond one's deserts. fortunate in my investments happy combines the implications of lucky and fortunate with stress on being blessed. a series of happy accidents providential more definitely implies the help or intervention of a higher power. a providential change in the weather

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance. fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action. fit for battle suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands. clothes suitable for camping meet suggests a just proportioning. meet payment proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom. proper acknowledgement appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness. an appropriate gift fitting implies harmony of mood or tone. a fitting end apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination. apt quotations happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate. a happy choice of words felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful. a felicitous phrase

Examples of happy in a Sentence

She was a very happy child. You don't look happy. What's the problem? We're all one big, happy family here. I'd do anything to make her happy. I could hear the children's happy laughter in the other room. She had a very happy childhood. They've had a very happy marriage. I was glad the movie had a happy ending. We are so happy that you were able to come to the party. They are not at all happy about the rise in taxes.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some people are happy to see the resorts open, others are upset with the limited hours or shortened season. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 Groups that advocate for international education were happy to see the new guidance. Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Of course, the Eagles aren’t too happy about that Miami winning streak. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, 29 Dec. 2021 And an anonymous social media post revealed at least one of the company's employees isn't happy about it. Naomi Ludlow, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Alabama quarterback Bryce Young was happy to see O’Brien back on the practice field Tuesday. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 28 Dec. 2021 Judge Stephen Friot isn’t happy about his own ruling. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Many people suggested McCoy was, in fact, not happy to see Zarras, with some going so far as to accuse him of being unfaithful to her. NBC News, 24 Dec. 2021 And there was little doubt after four years of Donald Trump, America's allies were happy to see him there. Aaron David Miller, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'happy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of happy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for happy

Middle English, from hap

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9 Jan 2022

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“Happy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/happy. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for happy

happy

adjective
hap·​py | \ ˈha-pē How to pronounce happy (audio) \
happier; happiest

Kids Definition of happy

1 : feeling or showing pleasure : glad I'm happy you came.
2 : enjoying a condition or situation : content They were happy together.
3 : joyful She talked in a happy way.
4 : fortunate sense 1, lucky Meeting him was a happy occurrence.
5 : being suitable for something a happy choice

Other Words from happy

happily \ ˈha-​pə-​lē \ adverb
happiness \ ˈha-​pē-​nəs \ noun

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