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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And those workers who are unhappy with their company culture are considering joining the Great Resignation. Jane Thier, Fortune, 20 June 2022 India’s unemployed youth are unhappy with the Narendra Modi government’s new military jobs scheme. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 16 June 2022 One of the customers was unhappy with this, and became irate and began yelling at the teller. cleveland, 16 June 2022 Rice pushed for specific examples of what Chapek was unhappy with, but no such answers were forthcoming and the meeting was ended. Claudia Eller, Variety, 15 June 2022 In short, a large and growing pool of voters is unhappy with the way things are going in Wisconsin. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2022 Disney insiders said Chapek, who took the CEO reins from Bob Iger in February 2020, felt Rice was unhappy with the massive reorganization of TV operations that Chapek implemented in October 2020. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 June 2022 Some members of the Golden State Warriors were unhappy with Boston Celtics fans during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Natasha Dye, PEOPLE.com, 9 June 2022 Patients are unhappy with eight-month waits for new patient appointments to confirm diagnoses of serious diseases. Corey Scurlock, Forbes, 8 June 2022 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for unhappy


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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