[ uhn-hap-ee ]
/ ʌnˈhæp i /

adjective, un·hap·pi·er, un·hap·pi·est.

sad; miserable; wretched: Why is she so unhappy?
unfortunate; unlucky: an unhappy incident.
unfavorable; inauspicious: an unhappy omen.
infelicitous; unsuitable: an unhappy choice of words.
Archaic. causing trouble; reprehensible; troublesome.

Origin of unhappy

1250–1300; Middle English: causing misfortune, objectionable; see un-1, happy
Related formsun·hap·pi·ly, adverbun·hap·pi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unhappiness


/ (ʌnˈhæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

not joyful; sad or depressed
unfortunate or wretchedan unhappy fellow
tactless or inappropriatean unhappy remark
archaic unfavourable
Derived Formsunhappily, adverbunhappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unhappiness



c.1300, "causing misfortune or trouble (to oneself or others)," from un- (1) "not" + happy. Meaning "unfortunate, unlucky" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "miserable, wretched" is recorded from late 14c. (originally via misfortune or mishap).

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