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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
It came from teaching students who, in the course of working through a
  particular project, were unhappy with how it was evolving.
Their eyes do not meet, and their stiff bodies maintain an unhappy distance.
Nearly everyone's unhappy with the delta as it is today.
It used to happen when he got excited or was unhappy.
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