Definition of Happy

1. Adjective. Enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure. "A happy marriage"

2. Adjective. Marked by good fortune. "A happy outcome"
Exact synonyms: Felicitous
Similar to: Fortunate
Derivative terms: Felicitousness, Felicity, Happiness

3. Adjective. Eagerly disposed to act or to be of service. "Glad to help"
Exact synonyms: Glad
Similar to: Willing

4. Adjective. Well expressed and to the point. "A few well-chosen words"
Exact synonyms: Well-chosen
Similar to: Felicitous

Definition of Happy

1. a. Favored by hap, luck, or fortune; lucky; fortunate; successful; prosperous; satisfying desire; as, a happy expedient; a happy effort; a happy venture; a happy omen.

Definition of Happy

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. Favored by luck or fortune; lucky. ¹

3. Adjective. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous. ¹

4. Adjective. Content, satisfied (with or to do something); having no objection (to something). ¹

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Definition of Happy

1. marked by joy [adj -PIER, -PIEST] : HAPPILY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Happy

happily ever after
happy (current term)
happy as Larry
happy as a clam
happy as a clam at high water
happy as a lark
happy birthday
happy birthdayed
happy birthdaying
happy birthdays
happy bunny
happy camper

Literary usage of Happy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"It is not without reason, then, that we do not call an ox, or a horse, or any brute happy; for none of them is able to share in this kind of activity. ..."

2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1874)
"... fake thou wert but lately dead : There art thou happy. Tybalt would kill thee, ... there art thou happy too. ..."

3. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1870)
"happy Thought.—Put down a Napoleon, and see what change comes out of it. ... happy Thought—fa explain it to him thus, that these are Belgians, VOL. ..."

4. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; ... It is not certain then that all wish to be happy, inasmuch as they who wish not to ..."

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