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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was a happy-go-lucky person and he could not give his child a large dowry.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • There was something infectious in his happy-go-lucky light-heartedness.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • There was something very boyish and happy-go-lucky in his attitude and manner.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The happy-go-lucky was also bound for that bay to land her cargo.

  • The happy-go-lucky Venetian methods were no longer to disfigure the country.

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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