happy

[ hap-ee ]
/ ˈhæp i /

adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.

delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.See Synonym Study at fortunate.
apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

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Origin of happy

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; 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

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
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