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unhappy

[ uhn-hap-ee ]
/ ʌnˈhæp i /
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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.

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Origin of unhappy

1250–1300; Middle English: causing misfortune, objectionable; see un-1, happy

OTHER WORDS FROM unhappy

un·hap·pi·ly, adverbun·hap·pi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unhappy

unhappy
/ (ʌnˈhæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

not joyful; sad or depressed
unfortunate or wretchedan unhappy fellow
tactless or inappropriatean unhappy remark
archaic unfavourable

Derived forms of unhappy

unhappily, adverbunhappiness, noun
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