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unhappy

[uhn-hap-ee] /ʌnˈhæp i/
adjective, unhappier, unhappiest.
1.
sad; miserable; wretched:
Why is she so unhappy?
2.
unfortunate; unlucky:
an unhappy incident.
3.
unfavorable; inauspicious:
an unhappy omen.
4.
infelicitous; unsuitable:
an unhappy choice of words.
5.
Archaic. causing trouble; reprehensible; troublesome.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English: causing misfortune, objectionable; see un-1, happy
Related forms
unhappily, adverb
unhappiness, noun
Synonyms
1. sorrowful, downcast, cheerless, distressed. 2. hapless. 3. unpropitious. 4. inappropriate, inapt.
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British Dictionary definitions for un happily

unhappy

/ʌnˈhæpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
not joyful; sad or depressed
2.
unfortunate or wretched an unhappy fellow
3.
tactless or inappropriate an unhappy remark
4.
(archaic) unfavourable
Derived Forms
unhappily, adverb
unhappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for un happily
unhappy
c.1300, "causing misfortune or trouble (to oneself or others)," from un- (1) "not" + happy. Meaning "unfortunate, unlucky" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "miserable, wretched" is recorded from late 14c. (originally via misfortune or mishap).
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