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Origin of happy-go-lucky

First recorded in 1665–75

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Contemporary Examples of happy-go-lucky

Historical Examples of happy-go-lucky

  • He was a happy-go-lucky person and he could not give his child a large dowry.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • There was something infectious in his happy-go-lucky light-heartedness.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • There was something very boyish and happy-go-lucky in his attitude and manner.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • The Happy-go-lucky was also bound for that bay to land her cargo.

  • The happy-go-lucky Venetian methods were no longer to disfigure the country.

British Dictionary definitions for happy-go-lucky


  1. carefree or easy-going
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Word Origin and History for happy-go-lucky

also happy go lucky, 1670s as an adverb, "haphazard;" the adjective, of persons, recorded from 1856.

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