Hap definition

hăp
Fortune; chance.
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Chance; luck; lot.
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A happening; an occurrence.
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To happen.
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The definition of a hap is something happening or that happens by chance.

An example of a hap is winning the lottery.

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An occurrence or happening, esp. an unfortunate one.
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To occur by chance; happen.
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To cover, as with extra bedclothes.
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Any covering.
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That which happens; an occurrence or happening, especially an unexpected, random, chance, or fortuitous event; chance; fortune; luck.
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(intransitive, literary) To happen; to befall; to chance.
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(literary) To happen to.
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(UK, Scotland, dialect) A wrap, such as a quilt or a comforter. Also, a small or folded blanket placed on the end of a bed to keep feet warm.
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(dialect) To wrap or clothe.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hap
Plural:
haps

Origin of hap

  • Middle English from Old Norse happ kob- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hap, happe (“chance, hap, luck, fortune”), from Old Norse happ (“hap, chance, good luck”), from Proto-Germanic *hampą (“convenience, happiness”), from Proto-Indo-European *kob- (“good fortune, prophecy; to bend, bow, fit in, work, succeed”). Cognate with Icelandic happ (“hap, chance, good luck”). Related also to Icelandic heppinn (“lucky, fortunate, happy”), Old Danish hap (“fortunate”), Old English ġehæp (“fit, convenient”), Swedish hampa (“to turn out”), Old Church Slavonic кобь (kobĭ, “fate”), Old Irish cob (“victory”).

    From Wiktionary

  • The verb is from Middle English happen, from Old Norse *happa, *heppa, from Proto-Germanic *hampijaną (“to fit in, be fitting”), from the noun. Cognate with Old Danish happe (“to chance, happen”), Norwegian heppa (“to occur, happen”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English hap

    From Wiktionary