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hap1

[hap] /hæp/
noun
1.
one's luck or lot.
2.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.
verb (used without object), happed, happing.
3.
to happen:
if it so hap.
Origin of hap1
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Old Norse happ luck, chance; akin to Old English gehæp fit, convenient; probably akin to OCS kobŭ auspice, Old Irish cob victory

hap2

[hap, ap] /hæp, æp/ Chiefly Pennsylvania.
noun
1.
a comforter or quilt.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappen lap2 and Old French happer to seize
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Examples from the Web for happed
Historical Examples
  • They happed to have hit upon the same saloon that Wyck patronised.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • It happed them, as doth among folk, the one to cast the mind to the other.

  • No, fair sir; three days since it happed; and I have a sorry tale to tell.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • "Yes," laughed Brian, and related what had happed at Bertragh.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones
  • And overhead the banners flapped, As we went on our ways to all that happed.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • By the way, I wonder what has happed to those heavenly twins?

  • Then they fared home to the farm, and told the bonder what had happed.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • So it happed there was a duke that hight Ansirus, and he was of the kin of Sir Launcelot.

  • He lifted again the dead woman, and she happed the plaid about her.

    Foes

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  • Thither he went in secret wise (by his arts it happed), nor was he seen of any that were there.

British Dictionary definitions for happed

hap1

/hæp/
noun (archaic)
1.
luck; chance
2.
an occurrence
verb haps, happing, happed
3.
(intransitive) an archaic word for happen
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate

hap2

/hæp/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover up; wrap up warmly
noun
2.
a covering of any kind
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of Norse origin
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Word Origin and History for happed

hap

n.

c.1200, "chance, a person's luck, fortune, fate;" also "unforeseen occurrence," from Old Norse happ "chance, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *khapan (source of Old English gehæp "convenient, fit"), from PIE *kob- "to suit, fit, succeed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kobu "fate, foreboding, omen," Old Irish cob "victory"). Meaning "good fortune" is from early 13c.

hap

v.

"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."

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