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hap

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[ hap ]
/ hæp /
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noun
one's luck or lot.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.
verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.
to happen: if it so hap.
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Origin of hap

1
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English, from Old Norse happ “luck, chance”; akin to Old English gehæp “fit, convenient”; probably akin to Old Church Slavonic kobŭ “auspice,” Old Irish cob “victory”

Other definitions for hap (2 of 3)

hap2
[ hap, ap ]
/ hæp, æp /
Chiefly Pennsylvania.

noun
a comforter or quilt.
verb (used with object)
to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.

Origin of hap

2
1350–1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappenlap2 and Old French happer to seize

Other definitions for hap (3 of 3)

Hap
[ hahp, khahp ]
/ hɑp, xɑp /

noun Egyptian Religion.
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British Dictionary definitions for hap (1 of 2)

hap1
/ (hæp) /

noun archaic
luck; chance
an occurrence
verb haps, happing or happed
(intr) an archaic word for happen

Word Origin for hap

C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate

British Dictionary definitions for hap (2 of 2)

hap2
/ (hæp) Scot and Eastern British dialect /

verb (tr)
to cover up; wrap up warmly
noun
a covering of any kind

Word Origin for hap

C14: perhaps of Norse origin
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