[ hap ]
/ hæp /
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one's luck or lot.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.
verb (used without object), happed, hap·ping.
to happen: if it so hap.
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Origin of hap1
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English, from Old Norse happ “luck, chance”; akin to Old English gehæp “fit, convenient”; probably akin to Old Church Slavonic kobŭ “auspice,” Old Irish cob “victory”
Other definitions for hap (2 of 3)
[ hap, ap ]
/ hæp, æp /
a comforter or quilt.
verb (used with object)
to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
Origin of hap2
1350–1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappenlap2 and Old French happer to seize
Other definitions for hap (3 of 3)
[ hahp, khahp ]
/ hɑp, xɑp /
noun Egyptian Religion.
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How to use hap in a sentence
She studied speech therapy at Institut Libre Marie Haps and then held her own practice from 1995 until her marriage in 1999.Meet Princess Mathilde, the New Fashion Queen of Belgium|Erin Cunningham|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She would think she'd tell, but p'haps she wouldn't any quicker'n me.Prudy Keeping House|Sophie May
The mishaps are just as pleasant as the haps when they are past—that is one comfort for tormented travellers.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3)|George Eliot
Here we have the haps and mishaps, the trials and triumphs, of a delightful New England family.Mary Ware's Promised Land|Annie Fellows Johnston
Haps and mishaps alike they accepted with an equable spirit and the true philosophy of the trail—to take things as they come.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Dago tells his own story, and the account of his haps and mishaps is both interesting and amusing.Jerry's Reward|Evelyn Snead Barnett
British Dictionary definitions for hap (1 of 2)
/ (hæp) /
verb haps, happing or happed
(intr) an archaic word for happen
Word Origin for hap
C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate
British Dictionary definitions for hap (2 of 2)
/ (hæp) Scot and Eastern British dialect /
to cover up; wrap up warmly
a covering of any kind
Word Origin for hap
C14: perhaps of Norse origin
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