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happy

[hap-ee] /ˈhæp i/
adjective, happier, happiest.
1.
delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing:
to be happy to see a person.
2.
characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy:
a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
3.
favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky:
a happy, fruitful land.
4.
apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
5.
obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination):
a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see hap1, -y1
Related forms
overhappy, adjective
quasi-happy, adjective
Synonyms
1. joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry, contented, gay, blissful, satisfied. 3. favorable, propitious; successful, prosperous. See fortunate. 4. appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.
Antonyms
1. sad.
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  • But the gifts offered open the door to a happier life.
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  • Despite his generous compensation, he is sufficiently ungrateful to let it be known that he would be happier working elsewhere.
  • Sixty-two per cent said they'd be happier in the latter case, but eighty-four per cent said they'd choose the former.
British Dictionary definitions for happier

happy

/ˈhæpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
2.
willing: I'd be happy to show you around
3.
causing joy or gladness
4.
fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
5.
aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
6.
(postpositive) (informal) slightly intoxicated
interjection
7.
(in combination): happy birthday, happy Christmas
See also trigger-happy
Derived Forms
happily, adverb
happiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: see hap1, -y1
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Word Origin and History for happier

happy

adj.

late 14c., "lucky, favored by fortune, prosperous;" of events, "turning out well," from hap (n.) "chance, fortune" + -y (2). Sense of "very glad" first recorded late 14c. Ousted Old English eadig (from ead "wealth, riches") and gesælig, which has become silly. Meaning "greatly pleased and content" is from 1520s. Old English bliðe "happy" survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for "happy" at first meant "lucky." An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant "wise."

Used in World War II and after as a suffix (e.g. bomb-happy, flak-happy) expressing "dazed or frazzled from stress." Happy medium is from 1778. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can't be dug up and eaten. Happy hunting ground, the reputed Indian paradise, is attested from 1840, American English. Related: Happier; happiest.

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Slang definitions & phrases for happier

happy

adjective

Drunk, esp slightly so; tiddly (1893+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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