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 happy
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The church was not happy with his views, and there was talk of excommunication.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“We wish each and every one of you a happy and safe new year,” Giorgio said at the very end.
The would-be pope killer loves to be in front of the cameras, and the press in Italy is happy to oblige.
But it turns out it was really about a woman's struggle to realize what actually makes her happy.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was his nature to be happy and jolly; he could not help radiating sunshine all the time.The Boy Scouts of the Naval Reserve|Robert Shaler
It was especially because Vaudrey appeared to be so happy, that his young wife was so contented.His Excellency the Minister|Jules Claretie
I have not left him an excuse; and then it is that I display all my courtesy, in order to attain the happy issue of my project.Louise de la Valliere|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
And when he died, soon after, he was happy to know that he left Prince Cherry in her hands.Stories to Tell Children|Sara Cone Bryant
But it suddenly hushed when I heard a ripple of laughter among the hollyhocks before the door of a happy country home.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales|Robert L. Taylor
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