unhappily

unhappy

[uhn-hap-ee]
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; Middle English: causing misfortune, objectionable; see un-1, happy

unhappily, adverb
unhappiness, noun


1. sorrowful, downcast, cheerless, distressed. 2. hapless. 3. unpropitious. 4. inappropriate, inapt.
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unhappy (ʌnˈhæpɪ)
 
adj , -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
 
un'happily
 
adv
 
un'happiness
 
n

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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).

unhappily
early 14c., from un- (2) + happily (see happy). Cf. O.N. unheppiliga.
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