hap

1
[hap]

noun

one's luck or lot.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.

verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.

to happen: if it so hap.

Origin of hap

1
1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse happ luck, chance; akin to Old English gehæp fit, convenient; probably akin to OCS kobŭ auspice, Old Irish cob victory

hap

2
[hap, ap]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 lappen lap2 and Old French happer to seize

Hap

[hahp, khahp]

noun

Arnold

[ahr-nld]

noun

Benedict,1741–1801, American general in the Revolutionary War who became a traitor.
Sir Edwin,1832–1904, English poet and journalist.
Henry H.Hap, 1886–1950, U.S. general.
Matthew,1822–88, English essayist, poet, and literary critic.
his fatherThomas,1795–1842, English clergyman, educator, historian, and writer.
Thur·man Wesley [thur-muh n] /ˈθɜr mən/, 1891–1969, U.S. lawyer and writer.
a town in E Missouri.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “eagle” and “power.”
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British Dictionary definitions for hap

hap

1

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

hap

2

verb (tr)

to cover up; wrap up warmly

noun

a covering of any kind

Word Origin for hap

C14: perhaps of Norse origin

Arnold

1

noun

a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 37 402 (2001)

Arnold

2

noun

Sir Malcolm. 1921–2006, English composer, esp of orchestral works in a traditional idiom
Matthew. 1822–88, English poet, essayist, and literary critic, noted particularly for his poems Sohrab and Rustum (1853) and Dover Beach (1867), and for his Essays in Criticism (1865) and Culture and Anarchy (1869)
his father, Thomas. 1795–1842, English historian and educationalist, headmaster of Rugby School, noted for his reforms in public-school education
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Word Origin and History for hap
n.

c.1200, "chance, a person's luck, fortune, fate;" also "unforeseen occurrence," from Old Norse happ "chance, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *khapan (source of Old English gehæp "convenient, fit"), from PIE *kob- "to suit, fit, succeed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kobu "fate, foreboding, omen," Old Irish cob "victory"). Meaning "good fortune" is from early 13c.

v.

"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."

Arnold

masc. proper name, from Old High German Arenwald, literally "having the strength of an eagle," from arn "eagle" (see erne) + wald "power" (see wield).

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