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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

HAP'PY a. [from hap.]
1. Lucky; fortunate; successful.
Chimists have been more happy in finding experiments, than the causes of them.
So we say, a happy thought; a happy expedient.
2. Being in the enjoyment of agreeable sensations from the possession of good; enjoying pleasure from the gratification of appetites or desires. The pleasurable sensations derived from the gratification of sensual appetites render a person temporarily happy; but he only can be esteemed really and permanently happy, who enjoys peace of mind in the favor of God. To be in any degree happy, we must be free from pain both of body and of mind; to be very happy, we must be in the enjoyment of lively sensations of pleasure, either of body or mind.
Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed. Genesis 30.
He found himself happiest, in communicating happiness to others.
3. Prosperous; having secure possession of good.
Happy is that people whose God is Jehovah. Psalms 144.
4. That supplies pleasure; that furnishes enjoyment; agreeable; applied to things; as a happy condition.
5. Dexterous; ready; able.
One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in a rejoinder.
6. Blessed; enjoying the presence and favor of God, in a future life.
7. Harmonious; living in concord; enjoying the pleasures of friendship; as a happy family.
8. Propitious; favorable.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage" [ant: unhappy]
2: marked by good fortune; "a felicitous life"; "a happy outcome" [syn: felicitous, happy]
3: eagerly disposed to act or to be of service; "glad to help" [syn: glad, happy]
4: well expressed and to the point; "a happy turn of phrase"; "a few well-chosen words" [syn: happy, well-chosen]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (happier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from hap Date: 14th century 1. favored by luck or fortune ; fortunate <a happy coincidence> 2. notably fitting, effective, or well adapted ; felicitous <a happy choice> 3. a. enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment <is the happiest person I know> <a happy childhood> b. expressing, reflecting, or suggestive of happiness <a happy ending> c. glad, pleased <I'm happy to meet you> d. having or marked by an atmosphere of good fellowship ; friendly <a happy office> 4. a. characterized by a dazed irresponsible state <a punch-happy boxer> b. impulsively or obsessively quick to use or do something <trigger-happy> c. enthusiastic about something to the point of obsession ; obsessed <education-conscious and statistic-happy Helen Rowen> Synonyms: see lucky, fit

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (happier, happiest) 1 feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. 2 a fortunate; characterized by happiness. b (of words, behaviour, etc.) apt, pleasing. 3 colloq. slightly drunk. 4 (in comb.) colloq. inclined to use excessively or at random (trigger-happy). Phrases and idioms: happy as a sandboy see SANDBOY. happy event colloq. the birth of a child. happy families a card-game the object of which is to acquire four members of the same 'family'. happy-go-lucky cheerfully casual. happy hour esp. US a period of the day when drinks are sold at reduced prices in bars, hotels, etc. happy hunting-ground a place where success or enjoyment is obtained. happy medium a compromise; the avoidance of extremes. Derivatives: happily adv. happiness n. Etymology: ME f. HAP + -Y(1)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Happy Hap"py, a. [Compar. Happier; superl. Happiest.] [From Hap chance.] 1. 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. Chymists have been more happy in finding experiments than the causes of them. --Boyle. 2. Experiencing the effect of favorable 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; as, happy hours, happy thoughts. Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. --Ps. cxliv. 15. The learned is happy Nature to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more. --Pope. 3. Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous. One gentleman is happy at a reply, another excels in a in a rejoinder. --Swift. Happy family, a collection of animals of different and hostile propensities living peaceably together in one cage. Used ironically of conventional alliances of persons who are in fact mutually repugnant. Happy-go-lucky, trusting to hap or luck; improvident; easy-going. ``Happy-go-lucky carelessness.'' --W. Black.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(happier, happiest) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. Someone who is happy has feelings of pleasure, usually because something nice has happened or because they feel satisfied with their life. Marina was a confident, happy child... I'm just happy to be back running... ADJ happily Albert leaned back happily and lit a cigarette. ADV: usu ADV with v happiness I think mostly she was looking for happiness. 2. A happy time, place, or relationship is full of happy feelings and pleasant experiences, or has an atmosphere in which people feel happy. It had always been a happy place... We have a very happy marriage. ADJ: usu ADJ n 3. If you are happy about a situation or arrangement, you are satisfied with it, for example because you think that something is being done in the right way. If you are not happy about a repair, go back and complain... He's happy that I deal with it myself... ADJ: v-link ADJ, ADJ about/with n/-ing, ADJ that, ADJ to-inf 4. If you say you are happy to do something, you mean that you are very willing to do it. I'll be happy to answer any questions if there are any... ADJ: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf happily If I've caused any offence over something I have written, I will happily apologise. = gladly ADV: ADV with v 5. Happy is used in greetings and other conventional expressions to say that you hope someone will enjoy a special occasion. Happy Birthday!... Happy Easter! many happy returns: see return ADJ: ADJ n 6. A happy coincidence is one that results in something pleasant or helpful happening. By happy coincidence, Robert met Richard and Julia and discovered they were experiencing similar problems. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Joyous, joyful, light-hearted, gay, merry, cheerful, blissful, blessed, blest. 2. Pleased, gratified, delighted, rejoiced, glad gladdened, charmed. 3. Lucky, fortunate, prosperous, successful. 4. Ready, apt, skilful, adroit, dexterous, expert, able. 5. Seasonable, opportune, befitting, pertinent, felicitous, well-timed. 6. Auspicious, propitious, favorable, bright.

Moby Thesaurus

a propos, accepting, accidental, ad rem, adapted, addled, advantageous, advisable, applicable, apposite, appropriate, apropos, apt, at ease, auspicious, beaming, beatific, beatified, becoming, beery, befitting, bemused, beneficial, benign, benignant, besotted, blessed, blind drunk, blissful, blithe, blithesome, bright, bright and sunny, capering, casual, cheerful, cheery, chirping, civil, cock-a-hoop, cogent, comely, comfortable, composed, congruous, content, contented, convenient, convincing, correct, crapulent, crapulous, dancing, decent, decorous, delighted, desirable, dizzy, dovetailing, drenched, drunk, drunken, easy, easygoing, ecstatic, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, elated, eupeptic, euphoric, exalted, exhilarated, expedient, exuberant, exultant, fair, far-gone, favorable, favoring, feasible, felicitous, fit, fitted, fitten, fitting, flushed, flushed with joy, flustered, fortuitous, fortunate, fou, fructuous, full, full of promise, gay, geared, genial, genteel, giddy, glad, gladsome, gleeful, glorious, glowing, golden, good, gratified, high, hopeful, in good spirits, in high spirits, in liquor, in seventh heaven, incidental, inebriate, inebriated, inebrious, inspired, intoxicated, irrepressible, jolly, joyful, joyous, jubilant, just, just right, laughing, leaping, light-hearted, lighthearted, likely, lucky, maudlin, meet, mellow, merry, meshing, muddled, nappy, nice, of good cheer, of good comfort, of good omen, of happy portent, of promise, on cloud nine, on the button, opportune, optimistic, overjoyed, pat, pleasant, pleased, pleased as Punch, politic, profitable, promising, proper, propitious, prosperous, providential, purring, qualified, radiant, recommendable, reconciled, reeling, relevant, resigned, riant, right, ripe, rosy, sanguine, sanguineous, sans souci, satisfied, seasonable, seemly, shikker, singing, smiling, smirking, sodden, sortable, sotted, sparkling, starry-eyed, suitable, suited, suiting, sunny, tailored, telling, thrice happy, thrilled, tickled pink, tiddly, timely, tipsy, to be desired, to the point, to the purpose, uncomplaining, under the influence, unrepining, urbane, useful, well, well-chosen, well-expressed, well-put, well-timed, winsome, wise, without care, worthwhile


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