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hap1

[hap]
noun
  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

hap2

[hap, ap]Chiefly Pennsylvania.
noun
  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

    Boomerang

  • 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

hap1

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

hap2

verb (tr)
  1. to cover up; wrap up warmly
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noun
  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

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.

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hap

v.

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

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