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hap

1
[hap]
noun
  1. one's luck or lot.
  2. an occurrence, happening, or accident.
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verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.
  1. to happen: if it so hap.
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Origin of hap

1
1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse happ luck, chance; akin to Old English gehæp fit, convenient; probably akin to OCS kobŭ auspice, Old Irish cob victory

hap

2
[hap, ap]Chiefly Pennsylvania.
noun
  1. a comforter or quilt.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
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Origin of hap

2
1350–1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappen lap2 and Old French happer to seize

Hap

[hahp, khahp]
noun
  1. Apis.
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Related Words for haps

fortuity, accident, fortune, happening, advantage, adventure, destination, coincidence, break, cast, fluke, future, gamble, happenstance, contingency, doom, casualty, destiny, develop, transpire

Examples from the Web for haps

Historical Examples of haps

  • It was just awfu' bonny, and with plenty of haps she could take no harm, Mysie said.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3)

    Margaret Oliphant

  • I have nothing to tell you, for all the "haps" of my life are so indifferent.

  • Hosged for hogshead, and haps for hasp are well-known instances.

  • Loving goes by haps;Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

    Gala Day Luncheons

    Caroline Benedict Burrell

  • And I assisted my fair cousin to remove her shawl and other haps.


British Dictionary definitions for haps

hap

1
noun archaic
  1. luck; chance
  2. an occurrence
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verb haps, happing or happed
  1. (intr) an archaic word for happen
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Word Origin for hap

C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate

hap

2
verb (tr)
  1. to cover up; wrap up warmly
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noun
  1. a covering of any kind
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Word Origin for hap

C14: perhaps of Norse origin
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Word Origin and History for haps

hap

n.

c.1200, "chance, a person's luck, fortune, fate;" also "unforeseen occurrence," from Old Norse happ "chance, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *khapan (source of Old English gehæp "convenient, fit"), from PIE *kob- "to suit, fit, succeed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kobu "fate, foreboding, omen," Old Irish cob "victory"). Meaning "good fortune" is from early 13c.

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hap

v.

"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."

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