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hap1

[hap] /hæp/
noun
1.
one's luck or lot.
2.
an occurrence, happening, or accident.
verb (used without object), happed, happing.
3.
to happen:
if it so hap.
Origin of hap1
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Old Norse happ luck, chance; akin to Old English gehæp fit, convenient; probably akin to OCS kobŭ auspice, Old Irish cob victory

hap2

[hap, ap] /hæp, æp/ Chiefly Pennsylvania.
noun
1.
a comforter or quilt.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cover with or as with a comforter or quilt.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English happen to cover; perhaps blend of lappen lap2 and Old French happer to seize

Hap

[hahp, khahp] /hɑp, xɑp/
noun
1.
Apis (def 1).

Arnold

[ahr-nld] /ˈɑr nld/
noun
1.
Benedict, 1741–1801, American general in the Revolutionary War who became a traitor.
2.
Sir Edwin, 1832–1904, English poet and journalist.
3.
Henry H ("Hap") 1886–1950, U.S. general.
4.
Matthew, 1822–88, English essayist, poet, and literary critic.
5.
his father, Thomas, 1795–1842, English clergyman, educator, historian, and writer.
6.
Thurman Wesley
[thur-muh n] /ˈθɜr mən/ (Show IPA),
1891–1969, U.S. lawyer and writer.
7.
a town in E Missouri.
8.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “eagle” and “power.”.
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Examples from the Web for hap
Historical Examples
  • List to what I say—follow every word—I am going to bring that morning back again, every hap just as it happened.

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "hap yourself well," he had said when they crossed the gangway on to the boat.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • I am rather surprised myself; but I'll do it, I'm determined, hap what will.

  • Uncle Jack often calls them hap and Hazard, and that is the only difference between them.

    Five Mice in a Mouse-trap Laura E. Richards
  • Captain hap was wiser in his generation than the child of light.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • But on hap's shoulders rests the output for our entire department.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • “Well nigh all such as could hap, Madam,” said Le Despenser wearily.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • Now then, Agnes Love, cast that over you, and hap it close to keep you warm.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • Many a long year has run by since that, and yet he has never come back to hap House.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • I never know what that signifieth: and I have seen it to hap aforetime.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for hap

hap1

/hæp/
noun (archaic)
1.
luck; chance
2.
an occurrence
verb haps, happing, happed
3.
(intransitive) an archaic word for happen
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse happ good luck; related to Old English gehæplic convenient, Old Slavonic kobǔ fate

hap2

/hæp/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover up; wrap up warmly
noun
2.
a covering of any kind
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of Norse origin

Arnold1

/ˈɑːnəld/
noun
1.
a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 37 402 (2001)

Arnold2

/ˈɑːnəld/
noun
1.
Sir Malcolm. 1921–2006, English composer, esp of orchestral works in a traditional idiom
2.
Matthew. 1822–88, English poet, essayist, and literary critic, noted particularly for his poems Sohrab and Rustum (1853) and Dover Beach (1867), and for his Essays in Criticism (1865) and Culture and Anarchy (1869)
3.
his father, Thomas. 1795–1842, English historian and educationalist, headmaster of Rugby School, noted for his reforms in public-school education
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Word Origin and History for hap
n.

c.1200, "chance, a person's luck, fortune, fate;" also "unforeseen occurrence," from Old Norse happ "chance, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *khapan (source of Old English gehæp "convenient, fit"), from PIE *kob- "to suit, fit, succeed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kobu "fate, foreboding, omen," Old Irish cob "victory"). Meaning "good fortune" is from early 13c.

v.

"to happen," mid-14c., from hap (n.) "chance."

Arnold

masc. proper name, from Old High German Arenwald, literally "having the strength of an eagle," from arn "eagle" (see erne) + wald "power" (see wield).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for hap

HAP

hazardous air pollutant
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