[ hap-ee ]
/ ˈhæp i /
adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
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.
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SYNONYMS FOR happy
OTHER WORDS FROM happyo·ver·hap·py, adjectivequasi-happy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for happy (1 of 2)
/ (ˈhæpɪ) /
adjective -pier or -piest
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
See also trigger-happy
Derived forms of happyhappily, adverbhappiness, noun
Word Origin for happy
C14: see hap 1, -y 1
British Dictionary definitions for happy (2 of 2)
adj combining form
denoting excessive enthusiasm for or devotion togun-happy
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Idioms and Phrases with happy
In addition to the idioms beginning with happy
- happy as the day is long
- happy camper
- happy hour
- happy hunting ground
- happy medium
- many happy returns
- trigger happy
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