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.
- un·hap·pi·ly, adverb
- un·hap·pi·ness, noun
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How to use unhappy in a sentence
When you’re inspired or unhappy at work, it makes getting through the day a lot tougher.Watch: How to get re-engaged with work when morale is running low | Heather Landy | January 22, 2021 | Quartz
He says if you put human beings in a situation where they have nothing to do, they’ll be intensely unhappy.Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule. | Sean Illing | January 15, 2021 | Vox
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that the Houston Texans’ quarterback is unhappy with the franchise and implied he could push for a trade.What to know from NFL playoffs first round: Lamar Jackson wins and Tom Brady finds a way | Adam Kilgore | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Then people raised concerns about me seeming unhappy at Google.“I started crying”: Inside Timnit Gebru’s last days at Google—and what happens next | Karen Hao | December 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
If they are sufficiently unhappy, actors could move to another studio for future projects, though their options may be limited.For the entertainment industry, an HBO Max move is causing peak upset | Steven Zeitchik | December 9, 2020 | Washington Post
They are mean, unhappy and inspired only by their fatal selfishness.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s' | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jackson had several notable confrontations with cadets who were unhappy with him or who felt he had been unjust.
Finally came the day she told her parents she was too unhappy to return.
Yes, the stock market is booming but overwhelmingly Americans are unhappy with their economic situation—and for good reason.
However, Native Americans unhappy about the white settlers pouring into the Ohio Valley were reportedly waiting to attack him.
The unhappy applicant was naturally obliged to temporarily retire from the game, at all events for that night.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Elizabeth, meanwhile, was filled with alarms respecting her daughter's unhappy infatuation.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
But the '34 port was so good that he revoked twice, to the indignation and despair of his unhappy brother and partner.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
For a man, I mean,' she added, 'because when a man's unhappy he's more easily tempted to suspicion than a woman is.'The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Thereupon the unhappy woman acted; the long suppressed outburst came at last.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for unhappy
not joyful; sad or depressed
unfortunate or wretched: an unhappy fellow
tactless or inappropriate: an unhappy remark
- unhappily, adverb
- unhappiness, noun
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