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From Middle English hap (chance) + -y


Happy (comparative happier, superlative happiest)
  1. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire.
    Chymists have been more happy in finding experiments than the causes of them - Boyle
  2. Experiencing the effect of favourable fortune; having the feeling arising from the consciousness of well-being or of enjoyment; enjoying good of any kind, as peace, tranquillity, comfort; contented; joyous.
    Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord - Psalm 144:15
    The learned is happy Nature to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more - Alexander Pope
  3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
    One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in a rejoinder - Jonathan Swift
  4. Content (to do something); having no objection (to something).
    Are you happy to pay me back by the end of the week?

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  • (favored by hap, luck or fortune): Said of expedients, efforts, ventures, omens, etc.
  • (experiencing the effect of favorable fortune): Said of people, hours, thoughts, times, etc.


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