adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
Examples from the Web for happier
He is ultimately convicted and sentenced to federal prison, creating a happy (or happier) ending in a domestic abuse story.
Happier news is that the other great icon of modern Britishness, Kate's hair, at least held up today.Murray Crashes Out Of Wimbledon As Kate And William Watch|Tom Sykes|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The answer keeps coming back the same: Childless couples have happier marriages, on average.
If Putin preferred Tolstoy over Dostoevsky, what a happier, more peaceful place Ukraine would be right now.
Hold your breast close to mine And embrace me because it's cold, and I will be happier.
It is a humbler home than that we have just visited, and a happier one.
They were no happier than I was then; I'll warrant they are no happier now.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
Your life will pass quietly and happily in some grateful retreat, all the happier for this storm that now threatens your peace.Clemence|Retta Babcock
I will make her very happy, Mary; happier than she has ever yet been herself, or ever seen anybody else.Mansfield Park|Jane Austen
Nobody could write more pointedly, or with happier illustrations, than Bentham in his earlier years.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.|Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for happier
adjective -pier or -piest
Word Origin for happy
Word Origin and History for happier
late 14c., "lucky, favored by fortune, prosperous;" of events, "turning out well," from hap (n.) "chance, fortune" + -y (2). Sense of "very glad" first recorded late 14c. Ousted Old English eadig (from ead "wealth, riches") and gesælig, which has become silly. Meaning "greatly pleased and content" is from 1520s. Old English bliðe "happy" survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for "happy" at first meant "lucky." An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant "wise."
Used in World War II and after as a suffix (e.g. bomb-happy, flak-happy) expressing "dazed or frazzled from stress." Happy medium is from 1778. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can't be dug up and eaten. Happy hunting ground, the reputed Indian paradise, is attested from 1840, American English. Related: Happier; happiest.
Idioms and Phrases with happier
In addition to the idioms beginning with happy
- happy as the day is long
- happy camper
- happy hour
- happy hunting ground
- happy medium
- many happy returns
- trigger happy