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  1. one's luck or lot.
  2. an occurrence, happening, or accident.
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verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.
  1. to happen: if it so hap.
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Origin of hap1

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, ap]Chiefly Pennsylvania.
  1. a comforter or quilt.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
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Origin of hap2

1350–1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappen lap2 and Old French happer to seize
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Examples from the Web for happed

Historical Examples

  • They happed to have hit upon the same saloon that Wyck patronised.

    Australia Revenged


  • It happed them, as doth among folk, the one to cast the mind to the other.

  • No, fair sir; three days since it happed; and I have a sorry tale to tell.

    God Wills It!

    William Stearns Davis

  • "Yes," laughed Brian, and related what had happed at Bertragh.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones

  • And overhead the banners flapped, As we went on our ways to all that happed.

    Poems by the Way

    William Morris

British Dictionary definitions for happed


noun archaic
  1. luck; chance
  2. an occurrence
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verb haps, happing or happed
  1. (intr) an archaic word for happen
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Word Origin

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


verb (tr)
  1. to cover up; wrap up warmly
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  1. a covering of any kind
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Word Origin

C14: perhaps of Norse origin
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Word Origin and History for happed



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.

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

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