Date: 1300-1400
Origin: hap 'chance, luck' (13-20 centuries), from Old Norse happ


hap‧py S1 W1 comparative happier, superlative happiest
1 having feelings of pleasure, for example because something good has happened to you or you are very satisfied with your life [≠ sad]:
It's a lovely house and we've been very happy here.
I've never felt happier in my life.
He was a happy child who rarely cried.
the happy faces of the children
I loved her and thought I could make her happy.
happy to do something
John will be so happy to see you.
happy (that)
I'm happy that everything worked out well in the end.
be/feel happy for somebody
What a wonderful opportunity! I'm so happy for you.
happy to be doing something
We're very happy to be taking part.
the happy couple (=a couple that have just got married or will soon get married)
2 [usually before noun] a happy time, relationship, event etc is a good one that makes you feel happy:
This has been the happiest day of my life.
They had a very happy marriage.
I have lots of happy memories of the place.
The story has a happy ending, however.
When's the happy event (=the birth of your child)?
3 [not before noun] satisfied or not worried
happy with
On the whole, I'm happy with the way I look.
People living nearby are not happy with the decision.
happy about
Mom wasn't happy about Tess going off travelling on her own.
I pretended to agree with her, just to keep her happy.
happy doing something
I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.

be happy to do something

to be very willing to do something, especially to help someone:
Our team will be happy to help.
I'd be happy to take you in my car.

Happy Birthday/New Year/Christmas etc

used to wish someone happiness on a special occasion:
Happy Birthday, Michael!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

many happy returns

used to wish someone happiness on their birthday
7 [only before noun] fortunate or lucky:
By a happy coincidence, James was also in town that weekend.
I'm in the happy position of not having to work.

a happy medium (between something and something)

a way of doing something that is not extreme but is somewhere between two possible choices:
I always tried to strike a happy medium between having a home that looked like a bomb had hit it and becoming obsessively tidy.
9 [only before noun] formal suitable:
His choice of words was not a very happy one.

a/my/your etc happy place

if you are in or go to your happy place, you imagine you are in a place that makes you feel calm and happy, because it helps you stop thinking about a bad situation
cheerful behaving in a way that shows you are happy
in a good mood
happy at a particular time, and therefore friendly to other people
/glad happy because something good has happened
/thrilled/overjoyed/ecstatic very happy because something good has happened
happy with your life
/positive believing that good things will happen in the future
/gloating smug happy because something bad has happened to someone else

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