hap

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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.

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
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Examples from the Web for happed

Historical Examples of happed

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

  • 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

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
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Word Origin and History for happed

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.

hap

v.

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

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