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[hap-ee] /ˈhæp i/
adjective, happier, happiest.
delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing:
to be happy to see a person.
characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy:
a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky:
a happy, fruitful land.
apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination):
a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.
Origin of happy
1300-50; Middle English; see hap1, -y1
Related forms
overhappy, adjective
quasi-happy, adjective
1. joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry, contented, gay, blissful, satisfied. 3. favorable, propitious; successful, prosperous. See fortunate. 4. appropriate, fitting, opportune, pertinent.
1. sad. Unabridged
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  • It should be her part to see that others were happier than she had been.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • That's it; and I am sure you will be happier on board of it than at Fishley's.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • No one in the kingdom had such fine shirts as Dobromil and no one was happier.

    Czechoslovak Fairy Tales Parker Fillmore
  • My hand in thine, we'll make that world a happier and brighter one.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Bobby McGinnis wondered sometimes that summer why he was not happier.

    The Turn of the Tide Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for happier


adjective -pier, -piest
feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
willing: I'd be happy to show you around
causing joy or gladness
fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
(postpositive) (informal) slightly intoxicated
(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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for happier



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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