happy

[ hap-ee ]
/ ˈhæp i /

adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.

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Origin of happy

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; see origin at hap1, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM happy

o·ver·hap·py, adjectivequa·si-hap·py, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for happy (1 of 2)

happy
/ (ˈhæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

interjection

(in combination)happy birthday; happy Christmas
See also trigger-happy

Derived forms of happy

happily, adverbhappiness, noun

Word Origin for happy

C14: see hap 1, -y 1

British Dictionary definitions for happy (2 of 2)

-happy

adj combining form

denoting excessive enthusiasm for or devotion togun-happy
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Idioms and Phrases with happy

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