- delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
- characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
- favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.See Synonym Study at fortunate.
- apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
- obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
Origin of happy
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Examples from the Web for happiest
This is not always the happiest fate for an American artist.The Stacks: Edward Hopper’s X-Ray Vision
October 25, 2014
The Dude is at his happiest when he has a few minutes of solitude and rest to get high and listen to whale sounds.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest
August 25, 2014
According to some surveys, Nigeria is the happiest and most optimistic country in the world.Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One—Himself Included
July 9, 2014
Her time with Dr. Simpson formed “the happiest and most absorbing years” of her life.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide
April 2, 2014
Because during the happiest period of my life, we were going to church.Joy Reid, MSNBC Anchor, on the Racism of the Tea Party, Family Dramas, and Why She Loves Boxing
March 27, 2014
The happiest of us has been weary of her many a time and oft.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
So he lived and so he died, the most revered and the happiest man in all his native shire.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
This is the happiest period of my life, and has been so since I left the hospital at Batavia.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Dear Mr Clennam, make me of all the world the happiest, by saying Yes?Little Dorrit
This day is the happiest I have seen since I left the land of cakes.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
- willingI'd be happy to show you around
- causing joy or gladness
- fortunate; luckythe happy position of not having to work
- aptly expressed; appropriatea happy turn of phrase
- (postpositive) informal slightly intoxicated
- (in combination)happy birthday; happy Christmas
Word Origin and History for happiest
late 14c., "lucky, favored by fortune, prosperous;" of events, "turning out well," from hap (n.) "chance, fortune" + -y (2). Sense of "very glad" first recorded late 14c. Ousted Old English eadig (from ead "wealth, riches") and gesælig, which has become silly. Meaning "greatly pleased and content" is from 1520s. Old English bliðe "happy" survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for "happy" at first meant "lucky." An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant "wise."
Used in World War II and after as a suffix (e.g. bomb-happy, flak-happy) expressing "dazed or frazzled from stress." Happy medium is from 1778. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can't be dug up and eaten. Happy hunting ground, the reputed Indian paradise, is attested from 1840, American English. Related: Happier; happiest.