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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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  • 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.
  • The humours of the shop and the pilgrimage are almost, if not quite, independent of the unhappy ending.
  • His repeated perfidies to the princes of the empire and others rendered him odious and despicable, and his reign unhappy.
  • In the dead unhappy night, and when the rain is on the roof.
  • If you rabidly focus on work, in the long run, you'll be unhappy.
  • And clones might be treated as inferiors, rendering them unhappy.
  • But they are so unhappy with the work that they refuse to pay for it.
British Dictionary definitions for unhappy

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 unhappy
adj.

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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