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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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Examples from the web for happy
  • The film smuggled its politics in under the guise of two happy-go-lucky gals taking a road trip together.
  • And if you're lucky, you find something that makes you happy.
  • For the moment, they are happy enough with their changed circumstances.
  • They have such a good time together that when the arrival of spring prompts his return, his new pals are happy to accompany him.
  • We smile because we are happy, and we frown because we are sad.
  • In a recession, what people want is a happy ending.
  • I'd be happy to read and review your book.
  • In my house, they also keep a variety of motor-driven trains moving and a couple of little boys happy.
  • They not only cope well during hardship but also celebrate the happy moments and work to build more of these into their lives.
  • Money makes you happy if it meets you needs and wants.
British Dictionary definitions for happy

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 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.

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

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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happy in Technology
tool
A dyslexic acronym for "A Yacc-like Haskell Parser generator".
An LALR1 grammar parser generator for Haskell. Happy is written in Haskell, uses a parser generated by itself, and can be compiled using ghc, hbc or gofer. Happy uses an implementation of monadic IO built on top of stream IO, but this should change when the Haskell 1.3 standard has been implemented.
Version: 0.9 (1996-02-28).
Happy is covered by the General Public License.
(http://dcs.gla.ac.uk/fp/software/happy.html).
(ftp://ftp.dcs.gla.ac.uk/pub/haskell/happy/).
E-mail: , .
(1996-03-21)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with happy
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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