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happening

[hap-uh-ning] /ˈhæp ə nɪŋ/
noun
1.
something that happens; occurrence; event.
2.
an unconventional dramatic or artistically orchestrated performance, often a series of discontinuous events involving audience participation.
3.
any event considered worthwhile, unusual, or interesting.
Origin of happening
1545-1555
1545-55; 1965-70 for def 2; happen + -ing1
Synonyms
1. incident, episode, instance, affair, case.
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  • Once again the dauntless Motor Boys are to the front, in a series of happenings as interesting as they are exciting.

  • He seemed to be in a sort of waking dream and only dimly conscious of happenings about him.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Tom took one of the two easy chairs in the room, and once again went over the happenings of the previous night.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • The happenings which followed crowded it from his mind, and from Madeline's also, for that matter.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The rest was but shadows that came and went, cast by happenings with which she had nothing to do.

    The Place Beyond the Winds Harriet T. Comstock
  • By what means can news reach you here of the happenings of the world without?

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Then, too, the funny little incidents and happenings about the diamond and hotel were made as much of as possible.

British Dictionary definitions for happenings

happening

/ˈhæpənɪŋ; ˈhæpnɪŋ/
noun
1.
an occurrence; event
2.
an improvised or spontaneous display or performance consisting of bizarre and haphazard events
adjective
3.
(informal) fashionable and up-to-the-minute
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Word Origin and History for happenings

happening

n.

mid-15c., "chance, luck," from present participle of happen; meaning "occurrence" is 1550s. Sense of "spontaneous event or display" is from 1959 in the argot of artists. Happenings "events" was noted by Fowler as a vogue word from c.1905.

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Slang definitions & phrases for happenings

happenings

noun

Narcotics; junk (1950s+ Narcotics)

happening

adjective

  1. Up-to-date and desirable; chic; cool, hip, with it: That dress is definitely happening; you look great/ This music is happening
  2. Lively; vibrant: It's a way happening town

noun

An event: the concert was a happening (1980s+ Students)

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