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/ ˈhæp i /
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adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: I'm so happy to see you!
characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood;a happy frame of mind.
willing to be helpful, as with assistance, a contribution, or participation: We’ll be happy to bring a couple of salads to the party.
favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: Our home country is a happy, fruitful land.
(used as part of an expression of good wishes on a special occasion): Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband.Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas: Their collaboration was a happy accident.
obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): He was a trigger-happy gangster.Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
OTHER WORDS FOR happy
6 appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.
OPPOSITES FOR happy
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Idioms about happy
happy as a clam. See entry at happy as a clam.
OTHER WORDS FROM happyo·ver·hap·py, adjectivequa·si-hap·py, adjective
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How to use happy in a sentence
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
"She does not look over-happy," my grandmother said, and sighed.The Story of Bawn|Katharine Tynan
Don't disturb the repose of the respectable old gentleman—he might not be over happy if he saw his descendant in breeches.
She further allowed it to be understood that she was young, handsome, immensely rich, and not over happy with her husband.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
Happy in that we are not over-happy; / On Fortune's cap we are not the very button.
British Dictionary definitions for happy (1 of 2)
/ (ˈhæpɪ) /
adjective -pier or -piest
feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
willingI'd be happy to show you around
causing joy or gladness
fortunate; luckythe happy position of not having to work
aptly expressed; appropriatea happy turn of phrase
(postpositive) informal slightly intoxicated
(in combination)happy birthday; happy Christmas
See also trigger-happy
Derived forms of happyhappily, adverbhappiness, noun
Word Origin for happy
C14: see hap 1, -y 1
British Dictionary definitions for happy (2 of 2)
adj combining form
denoting excessive enthusiasm for or devotion togun-happy
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
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