adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
Examples from the Web for over-happy
Happy in that we are not over-happy; / On Fortune's cap we are not the very button.
She said, smiling on him kindly: Meseems that I am over-happy, whereas I have such dear cherishing of noble friends.The Water of the Wondrous Isles|William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for over-happy
adjective -pier or -piest
Word Origin for happy
Word Origin and History for over-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.
Idioms and Phrases with over-happy
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