- one's luck or lot.
- an occurrence, happening, or accident.
- to happen: if it so hap.
Origin of hap1
- a comforter or quilt.
- to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
Origin of hap2
- 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.”
Related Words for hapfortuity, accident, fortune, happening, advantage, adventure, destination, coincidence, break, cast, fluke, future, gamble, happenstance, contingency, doom, casualty, destiny, develop, transpire
Examples from the Web for hap
Historical Examples of hap
"Hap yourself well," he had said when they crossed the gangway on to the boat.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Uncle Jack often calls them Hap and Hazard, and that is the only difference between them.Five Mice in a Mouse-trap
Laura E. Richards
But on Hap's shoulders rests the output for our entire department.
They “got by” with it until the matter came to Hap's notice.
It was the only time even Hap so much as paid the least attention to what went on.
- luck; chance
- an occurrence
- (intr) an archaic word for happen
Word Origin for hap
- to cover up; wrap up warmly
- a covering of any kind
Word Origin for hap
- a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 37 402 (2001)
- 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
Word Origin and History for hap
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.
"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."