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[hap-ee-goh-luhk-ee] /ˈhæp i goʊˈlʌk i/
trusting cheerfully to luck; happily unworried or unconcerned.
Origin of happy-go-lucky
First recorded in 1665-75
carefree, heedless, blithe, lighthearted, insouciant. Unabridged
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  • A visit to this neighborhood showed the happy-go-lucky features noticed in Mandalay.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • There was something very boyish and happy-go-lucky in his attitude and manner.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Why, any happy-go-lucky guess ought to strike it half the time, anyway.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • “The people say one is the happy-go-lucky, sir,” drawled Smith.

    The Three Cutters Captain Frederick Marryat
  • With all his gracious amenity, his humour, his happy-go-lucky ways, a deep disquietude possessed him.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
British Dictionary definitions for happy-go-lucky


carefree or easy-going
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for happy-go-lucky

also happy go lucky, 1670s as an adverb, "haphazard;" the adjective, of persons, recorded from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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