adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
- happi coat,
- happy as the day is long,
- happy camper,
- happy dust,
- happy event,
- happy family
Origin of happy
Examples from the Web for happiest
This is not always the happiest fate for an American artist.
The Dude is at his happiest when he has a few minutes of solitude and rest to get high and listen to whale sounds.Dudes and Maudes Abide at New York City Lebowski Fest|Rich Goldstein|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to some surveys, Nigeria is the happiest and most optimistic country in the world.Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One—Himself Included|Benjamin Lytal|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her time with Dr. Simpson formed “the happiest and most absorbing years” of her life.Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide|Tim Teeman|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because during the happiest period of my life, we were going to church.Joy Reid, MSNBC Anchor, on the Racism of the Tea Party, Family Dramas, and Why She Loves Boxing|Lloyd Grove|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I think we are going to be the two happiest girls in the world," said Margaret.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908|Lucy Maud Montgomery
This is the highest, happiest, rarest state of the human soul.
Oh, I was going to, said Lucy with the happiest laugh he had heard from her for months.The Girl Scouts Rally|Katherine Keene Galt
And they have never wearied of telling me that the man whom you honored with your preference would be the happiest of mortals.Baron Trigault's Vengeance|Emile Gaboriau
Tuscany at that period was universally acknowledged to be the happiest province of Italy.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber|James Aitken Wylie
adjective -pier or -piest
Word Origin for happy
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.
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