- one's luck or lot.
- an occurrence, happening, or accident.
- to happen: if it so hap.
Origin of hap1
- a comforter or quilt.
- to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
Origin of hap2
Examples from the Web for 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)
I have nothing to tell you, for all the "haps" of my life are so indifferent.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)
Hosged for hogshead, and haps for hasp are well-known instances.The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries
W. Y. Evans Wentz
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.
- luck; chance
- an occurrence
- (intr) an archaic word for happen
- to cover up; wrap up warmly
- a covering of any kind
Word Origin and History for haps
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.
"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."