- The definition of happy is someone or something that is feeling great pleasure or joy.
- An example of happy is someone who wins the lottery.
- An example of happy is a baby laughing.
A happy group of people.
- favored by circumstances; lucky; fortunate
- having, showing, or causing a feeling of great pleasure, contentment, joy, etc.; joyous; glad; pleased
- exactly appropriate to the occasion; suitable and clever; apt; felicitous: a happy suggestion
- intoxicated, or irresponsibly quick to act, as if intoxicated: sometimes used in hyphenated compounds
Origin of happyMiddle English happi ; from hap: see hap
- Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. See Synonyms at glad.
- Cheerful; willing: happy to help.
- Characterized by good luck. See Synonyms at fortunate.
- Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase.
- a. Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive inclination to use something. Often used in combination: trigger-happy.b. Enthusiastic about or involved with to a disproportionate degree. Often used in combination: money-happy; clothes-happy.
Origin of happyMiddle English, from hap, luck; see hap.
(comparative happier, superlative happiest)
- 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.
- Music makes me feel happy.
- Favored by luck or fortune; lucky.
- Dexterous; ready; apt; felicitous.
- Content, satisfied (with or to do something); having no objection (to something).
- Are you happy to pay me back by the end of the week?
- Are you happy with your internet service provider?
- (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.
From Middle English happy, from hap (“chance”) (from Old Norse; see hap for more) + -y.